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Cracking Open the Apple Mac mini 2011

Cracking Open the Mac Mini 2011

In July 2011, Apple updated their Mac Mini line. The new machines have the same model number (A1347) as the 2010 Mac models, but the 2011 models have Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, more RAM, and larger hard drives. Apple removed the optical drive, but added a Thunderbolt port.

Follow along as we go inside Apple's compact desktop.

To disassemble the new Mac Mini you'll need a screwdriver with Torx T6 and T8 bits.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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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...

5 comments
ToddGICT
ToddGICT

CharlesG1970 Wrote: "Wow it is like a laptop, but without the batteries, or the keyboard and touchpad, or the monitor. And it cost more... But at least it is portable ... Like a laptop. Unless you also need to bring the Power cord, keyboard, mouse, Monitor. Well sort of portable... Why do they sell this again??? " Wow, it's just like my older desktop computer, but without the keyboard (which I don't need) mouse (which I don't need), and monitor (which I don't need). And it costs less than a new tower and it's faster than what I have... Apparently they sell this because people like me will buy it.

jlins1
jlins1

Yes. It is like a laptop without the batteries and totally proprietary components. The only thing I would buy it for would be to make it dual OS boot PC, Windows and MAC. MAC to use the good APPs and Windows for the rest.

CharlesG1970
CharlesG1970

Wow it is like a laptop, but without the batteries, or the keyboard and touchpad, or the monitor. And it cost more... But at least it is portable ... Like a laptop. Unless you also need to bring the Power cord, keyboard, mouse, Monitor. Well sort of portable... Why do they sell this again???

jvestal
jvestal

I'll buy it too, and run internet tv through it. I'm going to ditch the DirecTV and/or cable. The interface looks ideal for a small yet powerful solution to run the system.

jamesjv
jamesjv

It actually starts at $400 less than Apple's cheapest laptop and is targeted toward people who want an inexpensive (compared to a Mac Pro) small footprint desktop or want to use it as part of their home entertainment system.