Apple Cheapens The Mac mini

Hot on the heels of a record breaking financial quarter, customers now have a chance to examine Apple’s newest Mac mini. It’s not good news. Robin Harris:

  • Soldered-on RAM replaces the SODIMMs that have been used for years, doubling the cost of add-on memory.
  • The barely useable thumb indents on the removable bottom plate have been removed.
  • Unusual T6 Torx security screws now make it difficult to open the door to the interior.
  • The two former SATA ports — which allowed two-drive configurations — are now a single SATA port and a new socket that may support a PCIe flash drive.

Apple went cheap.