On schedule as all the time, iFixit has documented teardowns of the brand new Mac mini and MacBook Air and given them every a repairability rating. The Mac mini is an enchancment over the 2014 mannequin in a couple of methods. The MacBook Air has some constructive factors for person serviceability, nevertheless it requires a big teardown to do a lot.

Beginning with the Mac mini, iFixit discovered that after opening the enclosure, you simply must unscrew and take away the fan to get inside. The logic board may be eliminated with out particular instruments. In contrast to the 2014 Mac mini’s RAM, the RAM on this mannequin may be changed. It is coated by a metallic cage, however when you unscrew and take away that, it is simple. The facility provide may also be eliminated and changed, however you may need to use a device for it. On the destructive facet, the CPU can’t be changed, and harm to any of the ports would require a logic board alternative.

Shifting on to the MacBook Air, iFixit discovered that it is simpler to get into than some previous Mac laptops. When you’re in, the logic board may be eliminated simply by unscrewing some screws and unplugging some cables. Sadly, you must do that to exchange the battery. Additional, the RAM shouldn’t be replaceable, and the keyboard is constructed into the case, so important work is required to service it.

iFixit gave the Mac mini a six out of 10 for repairability and the MacBook Air a 3 out of 10. For extra particulars, go to the teardown pages for every product.

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