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iFixit tears down the Mac mini and MacBook Air

November 9th, 2018

iFixit

On schedule as always, iFixit has documented teardowns of the new Mac mini and MacBook Air and given them each a repairability score. The Mac mini is an improvement over the 2014 model in a few ways. The MacBook Air has some positive points for user serviceability, but it requires a significant teardown to do much.

Starting with the Mac mini, iFixit found that after opening the enclosure, you just have to unscrew and remove the fan to get inside. The logic board can be removed without special tools. Unlike the 2014 Mac mini's RAM, the RAM in this model can be replaced. It's covered by a metal cage, but once you unscrew and remove that, it's easy. The power supply can also be removed and replaced, but you'll want to use a tool for it. On the negative side, the CPU cannot be replaced, and damage to any of the ports would require a logic board replacement.

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Apple’s New MacBook Disconnects Microphone “Physically” When Lid is Closed

October 31st, 2018
Apple introduces a new privacy feature for all new MacBooks that "at some extent" will prevent hackers and malicious applications from eavesdropping on your conversations. Apple's custom T2 security chip in the latest MacBooks includes a new hardware feature that physically disconnects the MacBook's built-in microphone whenever the user closes the lid, the company revealed yesterday at its event

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New MacBook Air, Mac mini hands-on: Making old favorites new again

October 30th, 2018

Valentina Palladino

NEW YORK—Apple led today's event by talking about two of its most-loved devices: the MacBook Air and the Mac mini. While Apple customers may have loved these devices since their debuts, Apple hasn't shown them much love over the past couple of years.

That changed today with the introduction of the new MacBook Air (which includes updates like a Retina display, Touch ID, and Apple's butterfly keyboard) and a new Mac mini (which got a big spec bump with quad- and hexa-core processors). Today's event brought the biggest hardware changes that both devices have seen in a long time, and yet they still have a lot in common with their predecessors—and that's a good thing.

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What Apple might announce at its October 30 “special event” in Brooklyn

October 26th, 2018
The 10.5-inch (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pros.

Enlarge / The 10.5-inch (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This coming Tuesday, Apple will host its second live product announcement even of the fall. While September's event focused on three new iPhone models and an updated Apple Watch, we expect this event to include updates to the iPad Pro that would add new power user features and bring the device closer in design to the company's latest iPhones. We wouldn't be surprised to see some new Macs, too.

The event will take place at the Howard Gilman Opera House and Brooklyn Academy of Music. The last event was at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, but it's not unusual for the company to branch out to new locations that fit the theme of the products being introduced. For example, the company introduced its education-targeted iPads at a school in Chicago earlier this year.

To that point, creative work seems to be the implied focus of the products coming this week. There's the venue, yes, but Apple also accompanied members of the press' invitation with the words "there's more in the making" and a series of artists' renditions of its logos in various styles, pictured here.

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“There’s more in the making”—Apple announces October 30 event

October 18th, 2018

Apple

Apple will host another product announcement event on October 30 at 10am Eastern time, according to invitations that have gone out to members of the press and an update to Apple's live events page.

The invitation for the event carries the copy, "There's more in the making," and it's accompanied by artistic renditions of Apple's logo. This combo suggests the products discussed at this event might be targeted at creative professionals and hobbyists—a common theme for Apple's products of late. In fact, there appear to be several versions of the logo, and different members of the press received different ones. You can see many of them above or by refreshing the Apple live events page.

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