Apple has been less and less repair friendly, but is the new Mac Mini going to save us from that?
Quinn Nelson from Snazzy Labs does a fantastic teardown in this video. I like that he considers how much general users will actually want to take apart their computer. There's a point at which you'll just want somebody to do this for you.
The 2018 Mac Mini is the most expandable machine Apple is currently making. The RAM is technically replaceable, and the Thunderbolt 3 ports allow for serious SSD expansion and external GPU support. From my perspective, this is the perfect marriage between Apple’s design over function mentality and what a regular user wants.
It’s worth noting that Thunderbolt 3 has become the saving grace for Mac upgrades as of late. To say that the Mac Mini is now upgradable sort of feels wrong. The only major advantage it has over other Mac devices is the replaceable RAM. While you can technically switch out the RAM in an iMac Pro, it’s a total pain.
My 2018 MacBook Pro works really well with an eGPU and external NVMe SSD because of Thunderbolt 3. I think the reason we consider the Mac Mini to be a least a little bit better for upgrades is because it’s a desktop. You won’t mind a big eGPU enclosure taking up space and you’re already plugged into the wall.
What do you think about it, though? Does it remind you of the external USB Superdrive that the original MacBook Air customers needed to buy? Or is this a sleek solution for a user base that might not want to build a PC from scratch?