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Apple Mac mini 2010 (A1347) Teardown

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The Mac Mini A1347 has 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. Broadcom appears to have manufactured this card or supplied most of the chips for it as "Broadcom" is clearly marked on the underside of the card.

Photo credit: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

24 comments
Mycah Mason
Mycah Mason

Nice job! Lots of pics and plenty of detail, thanks.

swswsw
swswsw

Excellent! So many details

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

OK. If it's the same, Best Buy sells the Mac mini for $700US. I wonder what it cost Apple in parts for this. Clearly doesn't look like much.

william_leduna
william_leduna

I liked this a lot. Thanks a lot Bill! Keep going...

jasondlnd
jasondlnd

I've avoided buying Mac desktop computers because they tend to be tough to service. I just may make my next desktop computer a Mac Mini.

rhowelljr
rhowelljr

It's all my fault. I finally plunked down cash for a Mac Mini a few weeks ago and now there's a newer model. It's a curse - just like when I cause the stock market to crash the day after I buy back in.

FAST!!!
FAST!!!

Although a 45 mag through the heart of it instead of disassembly would have done the same trick.

jamesb.hession
jamesb.hession

Images 68 & 69 refer to the 320GB HDD while they are in fact pics of the DVD....?

TG2
TG2

Lazy picture man.. I bet you copied picture 1 and renamed it 72 for that last shot. :-P O:-) "bazingga"! (Edit: added "bazingga" to give extra zip to poking a joke at 70+ pictures, how about "extra attentive nutty picture man" would that make it more poke-able?) O:-)

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

Actually you should avoid buying them because Steve Jobs said the "PC" is dying and a Mac [by most people's definition a Mac is a PC. So in a sense you are buying an absolete product that Apple is still selling. :-)

panda
panda

Please maintain the level of the discussions...

JimTLange
JimTLange

Oh dear. Another Windows specialist who feels threatened by the existence of a more reliable OS. I remember how OS/2 Warp resulted in fewer claims for repetitive motion injuries caused by frequent NT rebooting. Too bad IBM failed to understand marketing. But if they had, there'd be a lot fewer of us left in IT support. Take my advice: learn to love and support as many OSes as you can. You'll get an honest perspective on what really works and what doesn't.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Thanks for letting me know about the error in the image labels for those two pics. The descriptions on the images were correct, but the pic had the wrong title.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Yes. I did use the same image for both the first and last image in this gallery. But, I often do for our teardowns, and with good reason. The TechRepublic site and most of our RSS feeds use a gallery's first image as THE gallery thumbnail. This means that you want to put a compelling pic that represents that gallery's subject matter in the first slot. As I have always ended our teardown galleries with a shot of the device completely disassembled this thumbnail limitation creates a slight problem. Unfortunately, the only way to get around this issue is to use the same image in both the first and last slot. Personally, I wouldn't consider posting a gallery with 70+ distinct images "lazy".

ffong1761
ffong1761

Do you believe everything Steve Jobs says?

FAST!!!
FAST!!!

I am not a "Windows specialist". I could care less what OS or platform is used. Hell I would be happy with an old 8086 running CP/M booted from a 5 1/4" 360K floppy. Computers are nothing more than tools to me. I could use an old VT100 terminal to do my job. IOS is my OS of choice...

TG2
TG2

Bill ... my oh my.. just where was your trippy tuesdays sense of humor? 'twas just a joke kind sir.. just a joke :) and no I wouldn't call 70+ pictures lazy either ... hence the "bazingga"

ITCompGuy
ITCompGuy

You have went through the work of breaking down the MAC Mini, which is something that many may hessitate to do unless necessity required it. I am an IT professional working primarily in the world of Windows, but I have used MAC's in my personal work space along side of my other machines. I have had a dual core Mini MAC since they initially came out. I have been pleased with it's design and operation, but have never cracked open the case. I am contemplating purchasing one of the improved Mini's, and your breakdown along with details were great. It is easy to pick out a flaw in someone else's work, but hard for some to give credit where credit is due. GOOD JOB!!!!