Late 2014 Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Soldered RAM [Photos]

Late 2014 Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Soldered RAM [Photos]

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iFixit has published a teardown of the new 2014 Mac mini finding soldered RAM and a more difficult to open casing.

Highlights:
● The backside of the Mini remains almost identical to the previous iteration. The only change is the omission of a FireWire port in favor of an extra Thunderbolt 2 port.
● The Mac Mini Late 2014 retains the model number identifier of A1347, but is distinguished by the EMC number 2840.
● There's a solid door where there was once handy access to the RAM and fan. A rare T6 Torx Security screwdriver is required to open it.
● The computer features a quieter Advanced Hydraulic Bearing fan
● The RAM is soldered to the logic board.

Mac Mini Late 2014 Repairability: 6 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
● There's no glue anywhere inside that needs to be removed while disassembling the Mini.
● With the proper tools, disassembly is straight-forward and simple.
● T6 Torx Security screws are intended to lock you out of your Mini, and make it hard to clean the fan or replace the hard drive.
● The CPU is soldered to the logic board and not user-upgradeable.
● The RAM is now also soldered to the logic board, and not user-upgradeable.

Take a look at a few images below or hit the link for the full teardown.

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Late 2014 Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Soldered RAM [Photos]

Late 2014 Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Soldered RAM [Photos]

Late 2014 Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Soldered RAM [Photos]

Late 2014 Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Soldered RAM [Photos]
Wtf - October 21, 2014 at 2:35pm
P.O.S!!!!!!
FTW - October 21, 2014 at 7:54pm
C.A.H.
byemacwelcomepc - October 21, 2014 at 7:31am
Thank god i still have my previous mac mini that i had upgraded the ram to 32gb/possibly bigger in the future and the latest available fast processor it is capable as i use it as my multipurpose all around use either streaming/uploading/server/etc in my house and i won't ever buy another apple product that are not upgreadable specifically the ram/cpu which are the core part of it. Dont tell next is they will solder the HDD/SDD??? like for f*cks sakes apple if you continue to do this you won't ever get a huge pc market boost.
Nat - October 21, 2014 at 7:56am
Not that many buy Mac mini, besides it will do a bit of a boost whether we need it or not.
iProService - October 21, 2014 at 6:40am
Why solder the RAM to the board??
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