A teardown of the new Mac mini shows us the motherboard with the M1

Mac mini disassembled

I used to do it when I was little. When an electronic toy fell into my hands, I didn't have time to pick up the screwdriver and reach into it. Radio-controlled cars were my weakness. I was fascinated to see its components and make them work without the chassis.

Today some Apple users often do the same. But at another level, of course. This week the first units of the new Apple Silicon are being delivered, and some are already lacking time to disassemble them and expose them on social networks. Let's see a Mac mini M1 with the guts out.

In some internet forums like Reddit some images of the new ones have already started to appear Mac Apple Silicon disassembled. This week Apple is starting to deliver the first units of the Mac mini and Apple Silicon MacBooks that went on sale last week, and more than one has lacked time to get their guts out.

In a teardown of the new Mac mini you can see Apple's new M1 chip, which is soldered on a much smaller motherboard than the one used in the 2018 Mac mini with an Intel processor. The M1 is the silver chip in the image, labeled with APL1102, which houses the 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core neural engine, I / O drivers in the same capsule.

M1 on board

This is what the M1 looks like on the Mac mini board.

Unified system memory is also visible on the right side of the M1, and it takes up much less space than the separate RAM modules used in the previous Mac mini, contributing to a smaller motherboard.

Unsurprisingly, the move to unified system memory also means that RAM cannot be expanded afterwards by the user, as it was with the older Mac mini, so think carefully about choosing between 8GB or 16GB of RAM when you buy your Mac mini. The storage SSD it also remains welded to the plate, so it cannot be expanded afterwards.

In the video above where a disassembly of the new Mac mini Apple Silicon is shown, it can be seen that the general process of disassembling the device is very similar to the previous 2018 model that mounted a processor Intel.


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