updated 09:10 pm EDT, Wed June 16, 2010
Mac mini 2010 much easier to work with
A customary teardown of the new Mac mini has revealed how relatively easy it is to get at the components compared to earlier models. Beyond the user-accessible RAM slots, the unibody aluminum case is actually more accessible than the original. The putty knife isn't needed any longer and instead is replaced by either a custom Apple tool or a pair of Torx screwdrivers; unscrewing at two points lets the entire logic board and ports slide out as one piece.
The surgery has also revealed the extra lengths to which Apple has gone to keep the system cool and quiet. The fan is already a many-bladed fan that avoids pushing too much noise, but Apple has gone so far as to use rubber dampers on the fan screws to prevent vibration noise. Idle speeds should run as low as 14dB.
Apple's claims about power consumption appear to be true as well, as evidenced by the internal power supply. The new Mac mini only needs to put out 7A of power at 12V where a 27-inch iMac's supply has to produce 25.8A at the same voltage.
Virtually all of the main components are similar to those of the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro with the exception of the optical drive, which comes from Hitachi.