It wasn't long before people like the ones at iFixit would grab themselves one of the new Mac mini
models to take it apart. And don't we just love it when they do that. This time around, the folks at macminicolo.net also took a swing at documenting the insides of the new Mac
desktops. Have a look at the pictures and share your impressions.
According to macminicolo, whose business is to place your Mac mini in a high-end data center where you can use it as a server, the new mini has clearly evolved, starting with the packaging. “The packaging for the new Mac mini is quite a bit smaller,” says the site. “They have this Mac mini box wrapped in cellophane. I've seen that done with Mac minis bought from Best Buy, but never from the Apple Store.”
After removing everything from the box (power cord, adapter, documentation, etc), a comparison between the old mini model and the NVIDIA
-powered system was definitely in order, from an aesthetic point of view.
“The outside of the Mac mini looks nearly identical. It has the same aluminum siding and the white plastic top. I guess I can't prove it, but having handled several hundred of the last generation Mac minis, the aluminum feels different,” writes macminicolo's poster. “Perhaps it was manufactured differently. (Though I doubt it comes from a single block of aluminum).”
To open the mini before, “one used to have to disconnect a cable on the front right corner,” the post continues. “That is no longer there ... The screws are on all four corners still. There are now three antennas. From what I can tell, the back right is still Airport and the front left is Bluetooth. There is an extra antenna on the back left which is a second Airport antenna.”
Everything else you need to know is available in the pictures below (thanks to macminicolo.net) and over at iFixit