We rejoiced when Apple’s Mac Mini 2018 returned the ability to upgrade memory, which had been soldered in its 2014 predecessor; now iFixit’s teardown shows that the storage is soldered to the logic board instead. If it had to be one or the other, it does make more sense to solder the storage for several reasons, most notably that since Apple doesn’t use M2 NVMe, an external SSD via the Thunderbolt 3 port can actually be faster, even without a drive that maxes out at 20Gb/sec. The other notable takeaways from the teardown: the service-center-upgradeable memory is encased in a cage. That explains how Apple was able to use faster 2,666MHz RAM in the small space without increased interference — mini PCs usually incorporate slower memory. And to support the higher-power processor and port options, the power supply increases from 85 watts to 150w. Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPad Pro and Mac Mini reviews arrive 1:10 Black Friday 2018 deals at Walmart: PlayStation, Xbox, iPad, Google and more 29 Photos Apple reading • Mac Mini 2018 teardown shows swappable storage traded for memory upgrades Nov 9 • Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more Nov 9 • Best Black Friday deals 2018 Nov 9 • The best casual fitness tracker, but Versa’s a better smartwatch • See All
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