As Apple’s new Mac M1 arrives among customers this week, we have our first look at the inside of the company’s first desktop with Apple Silicon. The M1 Mac mini kept the same footprint as its Intel predecessor, although much less space seemed to be needed.
The M1 Mac mini delivers truly impressive performance as Apple’s first custom SoC desktop. However, there are some trade-offs, as the machine loses 2 USB-C / Thunderbolt ports and RAM can no longer be upgraded by the user (SSD also cannot be upgraded).
YouTuber Brandon Geekabit seems to have shared the first breakup of the M1 Mac mini and offers a nice detailed look at what’s happening on the new compact desktop.
The M1 Mac mini is disassembled in much the same way as the previous version with some TR6 screws. Remarkably, Brandon pulled out the new motherboard and emphasizes how much less space is taken up on Apple Silicon̵
The Intel Mac 2018/2020 mini motherboard takes up most of the desktop body minus the power supply, while the M1 motherboard probably takes up 30-40% less space.
Maybe with the second generation M1 Mac mini we will see a redesigned, much more compact form factor.
While some may be disappointed with the RAM, SSD, etc. that are soldered / integrated to the M1, Apple Silicon is the change that Macs have become like the iPhone and iPad. Those who appreciate the iPhone and iPad accept the compromise with them, as they cannot be upgraded by the user due to the narrow hardware / software and great performance.
As we’ve already pointed out, the rift also marks a return to a silver space gray body for the new Mac mini. Take a closer look below or on YouTube:
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