Mac Mini 2012 Teardown

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Apple is shrinking! No, not in the AAPL stock way (that's high as ever), but in the 'Let's name everything mini' way.

Along with the announcement of the iPad mini on October 23rd (teardown coming soon; we promise) came the new and improved Mac mini, the 2012 iteration of the optical-drive-less mini from last year. With the current trend, we look forward to maybe one day tearing down a smaller version of the Mac mini: the Mac mini mini. But until then, we content ourselves with tearing into the Mac mini Late 2012.

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2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. 500 GB hard drive or 1 TB hard drive configurable to a 1 TB Fusion Drive or 256 GB solid-state driveā€”upgradable with an extra hard drive or SSD using our dual hard drive kit. 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of DDR3 SDRAM. Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Thunderbolt and HDMI ports. This mini lacks an optical drive, just like its predecessor. It's beginning to feel like Groundhog Day. The same model number (A1347) has graced the 2011 and 2010 minis.