Along with the announcement of the iPad Mini on October 23rd (teardown coming soon; we promise) came the new and improved Mac Mini, the 2012 iteration of the optical-drive-less Mini from last year. With the current trend, we look forward to maybe one day tearing down a smaller version of the Mac Mini: the Mac Mini Mini. But until then, we content ourselves with tearing into the Mac Mini Late 2012.
● Same model number
● Tucked away neatly near the rear of the Mini is the hard drive
● The power supply provides 85 watts to the Mac Mini—that's the same kind of electric juice as the AC adapter for a 15" or 17" MacBook Pro.
Mac Mini Mid 2012 Repairability: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
● No proprietary screws are found within the device.
● You can easily upgrade your RAM and hard drive, as well as add a secondary drive.
● There's no glue anywhere inside that needs to be removed while disassembling the Mini.
● The CPU is soldered to the logic board and not user-upgradeable.
● While not difficult to do, you still have to remove almost all the internals in order to replace the power supply.