I took apart Apple's new M1 Mac Mini

Nov 18, 2020
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The latest Mac Mini is using Apple's M1 processor, but instead of turning it on, I decided to take it apart. I hope I didn't break it.
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  • Yes,  Silicon Macs are the ones to buy- trade-in or sell all PCs and Mac and gadgets. God bless, Rev. 21:4

    SevenDeMagnusSevenDeMagnus10 hours ago
  • so ugh linus what is a mac mini ? i heard you complaining and dissassembling , looks to be a bigger phone without any of the phone features ... who needs that besides iJustine?

    DriitzzCabalDriitzzCabal10 hours ago
  • Are we thinking that later models of the Silicon will include Cellular as well? Is there a need?

    James Ian GrayJames Ian Gray13 hours ago
  • ok finally home on big screen . it will be limited as is ! but a little bit of diy! and this thing is fast

    appr ovedappr oved15 hours ago
  • So, they just left all space just to collect dust. . . . Interesting . . .

    Hairy PancakeHairy Pancake15 hours ago
  • How is mac still selling computers? It just doesn't make any sense whatsoever to buy this product.

    Jason KaushikJason Kaushik15 hours ago
  • They dont support 10gb cause no one will ever buy mac pro if they included it in their mac mini 😅🤣

    Saeed MSaeed M16 hours ago
  • Linus: Handling products with care since never.

    bilinas minibilinas mini17 hours ago
  • IF X86 loses it dominance //X86 has already lost ...oh yeah and FUCK BLENDER.

  • Board Poker!

    FrostByte 128FrostByte 12820 hours ago
  • Apple has made the first move, but the checkmate could be given by Microsoft. jchereau.medium.com/apple-has-made-the-first-move-but-the-checkmate-could-be-given-by-microsoft-30a818b5e546

    Jaime ChereauJaime Chereau21 hour ago
    • So considering how much empty space there is, do ya think there will be a fancier more powerful version coming soon?

      bilinas minibilinas mini17 hours ago
  • Why is there still no Linus Tech Tips video on these M1 computers? Is it simply too good for your PC audience to stomach? Aren't you guys about to miss the YT-algorithm-moment here?

    DaCarnivalDaCarnival22 hours ago
  • Scam. I have an iMac with steam. What will happen to my games if I move to Mac arm?

    JUL IENJUL IEN23 hours ago
  • When LTT supports two VPNs (they could support more, but that’s all I’ve seen): which one do I get?

    My SoundtracksMy SoundtracksDay ago
  • Why would you expect expandable memory when we all know it's in the SoC?

    Richard WilliamsRichard WilliamsDay ago
  • This guy just loves to hate Apple. And I wouldn't trust anything he's taken to bits.

    Richard WilliamsRichard WilliamsDay ago
  • Only an Idiot cares about package presentation. Just sayin.

    Ernest PierceErnest PierceDay ago
  • Apple still including a power cable with their products, have they gone mad?

    That One Guy With A MoustacheThat One Guy With A MoustacheDay ago
  • I wonder if its internals would fit in the 2010 chassis so you could add a slim Blu-ray drive, with sata to usb cable of course.

    Scott PigeonScott PigeonDay ago
  • Will it run a good OS like windows 10?

    Popular MediaPopular MediaDay ago
  • Man, linus is getting old. He finna be Uncle Linus

    Anand ShahAnand ShahDay ago
  • We want Anthony with the review...

    guguilvizguguilvizDay ago
  • 5:48 that's what you get for 700$ from apple..

    HobbitHobbitDay ago
  • Can I upgrade here RAM memory?

    andreev_pixandreev_pixDay ago
  • Intel OG Core Macs (and they were 32-bit, too).

    James JunghannsJames JunghannsDay ago
  • So considering how much empty space there is, do ya think there will be a fancier more powerful version coming soon?

    Predictable EnigmaPredictable EnigmaDay ago
  • bruh this dude complaining about 1 gbps while i sit over here with 200kbps

    Ast!Ast!Day ago
  • The M1 doesn‘t have enough PCI-e Lanes for 10Gbit and 4 TB3/USB4 Ports. I think they will fix it with the next release. I guess it is because they wanted to release this new models as entry models as fast as possible (Christmas is coming).

    Roman KoalRoman KoalDay ago
    • RISC internally

      Shauka HodanShauka HodanDay ago
  • why do they have Ifixit gear? they don't fix anything.

    jimbobbyrnesjimbobbyrnesDay ago
  • so much hype for what will become a brick in a year or 2

    jimbobbyrnesjimbobbyrnesDay ago
  • Linus I love you but why would Apple’s new “unified memory” be upgradeable? It’s not DDR4. It’s not just a stick. It's completely different. Storage, yes be upset we can't stick our own m.2 in there but “unified memory” is obviously not upgradable. Do you upgrade the ram in your phone? Or maybe you’d like to upgrade the cache on a processor?

    Andrew SadikovAndrew SadikovDay ago
  • Why is it the same number of dollars US as Pounds GB £699 $699 - stupid.- Apple should make this with 16 GB incorporated and let you upgrade with SODIMM DDR4 RAM and NVME slots and included somehow more USB slots so you can get a decent keyboard and mouse working and then still more devices connected. (I think in at least 6 to 8 months the compatibility will be significantly better) and it will run a bit better. This board is about the same size as a medium performance graphics card.

    Benjamin McEwanBenjamin McEwanDay ago
  • www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2020/11/21/apple-macbook-pro-13-m1-reviewwhy-you-might-want-to-pass/?sh=c24dd3d786a8 Apple Silicon has serious compatbility issues, only 5 hour battery life not 10 hours and it does fan up and get hot running Zoom calls. Docker, MS teams etc and some drivers arent supported. The reviewers seem to have different systems to commercial models or their reviews arent applicable to actual/realistic use.

    Benjamin McEwanBenjamin McEwanDay ago

  • Can you do an overheating test? I have a mini server in a remote area where cooling isn't a viable option and the room at times can hit the 90's. Would love to see how the M1 can deal with warm server environments

    Chris EichenbergChris EichenbergDay ago
  • Very disappointed with Apple. They keep going in the wrong direction. First they charged insane amounts for RAM and storage upgrades. Then they remove the option to upgrade storage. I am thinking if they add the m.2 back on the next generation I’ll buy it, then next gen comes around then remove the RAM’s SODIMM slots and they remove the 64GB RAM option and give you a max of 16GB RAM and they take away two of the four thunderbolt ports. They need Steve Jobs back.

    Walker FirminWalker FirminDay ago
  • he left the fan out

    Uday YadavUday YadavDay ago
  • men...your writers really hate Apple, may be think about hiring engineers to review tech instead of high school drop outs? , then proper writers to fix the script after being curated by someone who actually understands tech, I do not care for multibillion corporations but being biassed against apple is so boring

    N CN CDay ago
  • Hold your horses, it comes with a headphone jack AND a power cord? To be honest I'm really surprised Apple really was able to pull that one off. This is seriously a Mac? My New Laptop has more beef than this flat chested piece of nothing and it costs about the same as the tested version. My Laptop includes a good screen though!

    KuruGDIKuruGDIDay ago
  • So can you easily play mobile games on this thing?

    TheMadMedekTheMadMedekDay ago
  • watching on my 16gb 2012, 2 x HD exp, SD card, battery replaceable

  • Wash your hands before greasing up machined aluminum

    HokibukisaHokibukisa2 days ago
  • Well if you wonder what AMD and Intel are going to do, it's because you don't know that at least AMD has made part of their chips RISC-Like on the Athlon, because x86/x64 in the current implementation of Intel sucks; RISC is the future, we could have 1024-bit data in RISC instructions for massive SIMD processing. Many things are simplified and others completely eliminated in RISC Architecture, as opposed to the current CISC of AMD and Intel, so a lot of circuitry is eliminate, if it hasn't already, we could have more CPU Registers and Cache and new level of optimization and design can be done, without the inefficiency of CISC. I hope ARM shows us the way to such CPU Desktop design, pretty sure AMD and Intel are thinking about it, I have tweet @AMD about it to let them know we know and want the most efficient execution possible, maybe their CPUs are already RISC internally

    saultube44saultube442 days ago
  • Please test and Hackintosh the new Chuwi "Corebook X".

    Andrew HartAndrew Hart2 days ago
  • next up i opened up my kids

  • You're funny. M.2 expansion on MacAndCheese, like they're users actually know what that is. Why do you think their tech support are called Geniuses...

    Cristian IacobanuCristian Iacobanu2 days ago
  • There's not alot in here *Proceeds to stab everything in there

    VRShenanigansVRShenanigans2 days ago
  • So could you use Snapchat on this and the Instagram app 😂

    Isaac HowardIsaac Howard2 days ago
  • I just wanted to say that I hate Apple and I will never ever buy anything from them and if I get anything for free I won't even turn it on but I will demolish it in the most spectacular way I can think of just to make a point that I hate Apple products.

    Ricardo PendersRicardo Penders2 days ago
  • "I FIX IT" in my best Jays Two Cents voice.

    gioyu comigioyu comi2 days ago
  • is there anyway to have an external ram board over usbc/tb3? Or make a SSD use virtual memory.

    Ryan ZmudaRyan Zmuda2 days ago
  • if its. usb c/tb2 why would in not support an external gpu or any tb3/usbc device?

    Ryan ZmudaRyan Zmuda2 days ago
  • do they have usb c/tb3 to 10 GB network?

    Ryan ZmudaRyan Zmuda2 days ago
  • Fuck, he has another channel I need to ban. I wish youtube had an easier way of indicating "I don't want to hear bullshit from self absorbed douche bags that just do hit pieces for clicks"

    SterSter2 days ago
    • Loose the music?

      gioyu comigioyu comi2 days ago
  • poor antenna cable :( looks like the bracket could just be unscrewed and the antenna pulled off from the motherboard side

    Dennis LeeDennis Lee2 days ago
  • that little crap is almost the same as r9 3950x?

    AllRandomThingsAllRandomThings2 days ago
  • i thought everything was so hard for you and you were going to quit the internet?

    pikadroopikadroo2 days ago
  • ...It looks like a single induction cooking eye. --------- Is this a computer for ants!!!!!!

    Bivens PCBivens PC2 days ago
  • overpriced facebook machines

    James BondJames Bond2 days ago
  • While impressive, you know Steve would’ve had that machine packed. There’s a lot of wasted space

    Michael ZavalaMichael Zavala2 days ago
  • I was hoping the review was out by now :(

    Roland PedeferriRoland Pedeferri2 days ago
  • What WILL your jam be?

    Cesar TrujilloCesar Trujillo2 days ago
  • I absolutely hate being stuck with 1 gig networking.

    Josh JohnsonJosh Johnson2 days ago
  • 5:28 Also, quick note, those "warranty void if removed" stickers have been ruled many times in court to not actually be legally enforceable. They aren't even supposed to put them on there anymore, but they do it anyway to try to scare customers out of their own rights, or make it as much as a hassle for them as possible denying their potential claims until they just give up and roll over (not many people have the time/money to go fight Apple in court, even if they're in the right.) So yea, don't fall for that BS. Fight against it, because legal precedent has already been set that those types of stickers are technically NOT enforceable in court. I wish they'd outright ban them doing it, but big companies keep doing it anyway. This applies to everyone, not just Apple (Microsoft and Sony still put the same BS stickers inside their consoles even though the same principle applies.) www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ftc-warranty-stickers-illegal/

    DeathbrewerDeathbrewer2 days ago
  • $700........wow apple can sell these idots anything

    Anthony ThompsonAnthony Thompson2 days ago
  • Apple loves to make things as difficult to repair as possible. They've just gotten worse and worse (more aggressive) about it over the years as well. And yes, I do watch Louis Rossman, but I've agreed with his stance long before I ever heard of him since it's just the reality of the situation (before anyone thinks/saying I'm "blindly" following him without thinking for myself.) Still, my first computer ever was a Macintosh back in the early 90s, so I do still have nostalgic memories of using their products, regardless of their BS over the years. So I'm not a "blind hater" either, nor do I think Microsoft/Windows is perfect either (plenty of problems with them too, but at least you can repair/self-repair their stuff a bit easier.)

    DeathbrewerDeathbrewer2 days ago
  • These 1st gen M1 machines are a rush job. Apple promised they'd be ready by the end of the year, so near as I can see, all they did was swap out the main boards. Same cases, batteries, displays (in the case of the notebooks), etc. Also the integration means just about everything is on the new chip, so only the default Ethernet speed. Even the flash controller is on the chip, so flash chips are soldered to the board. I was ready to drop the hammer on a new MacBook (Air or 13-inch Pro) when I saw the new machines. Disappointed I couldn't get more than 16 gig of RAM, but loved the pricing. Seeing the demo of OS-11 I decided to go for it anyway and on the 18th I ordered the M1 Air with max RAM and SSD. Also ordered a fancy dock and a BluRay R/W drive from OWC the same day. OWC's order arrived today (23rd) but I'll be waiting until mid December for my M1 MB Air. Wouldn't you know it, but late last week OWC sent me an e-mail that said their dock (which was still in transit at the time) was now $60 cheaper. But more interesting, they had a stash of early 2018 Mac minis at almost give-away prices. I could get a 6-core 3-GHz Intel i5 mini with 64 gig of RAM and an almost nothing SSD (250 gig) for $1,230. Wow was I tempted, but it seemed like a lot for the extra RAM, and what would I do with it except run RAM-heavy math problems and benchmarks? (since I'd have the new Air for everything else). As justification I thought I could install VirtualBox with a bunch of instances of FreeBSD to prototype website development (front-end, app-layer, & back-end), and then run my RAM-heavy math problems on the weekends. I'm about 90% certain I'm not going to get that mini. For my limited-use case FreeBSD is perfect, and I can cobble up a white-box solution with 128 gig of RAM and a decent 12-core Ryzen for the same price. Hmmm, I wanted 32 gig, 64 gig is better, oh yay I can get 128 gig for the same price! I forgot to order blank BluRay disks. I wonder if OWC would give me credit for overpaying on the dock?

    Great Scott!Great Scott!2 days ago
  • Loose the music?

    Johannes Sebastian NielsenJohannes Sebastian Nielsen2 days ago
  • Dude looks real tired lol

    Ashes Of CreationAshes Of Creation2 days ago
  • Every time he jabs the pcb with the screw driver, I cringe.

    BamwichBamwich2 days ago
  • Yet another odd video. Assume you are attempting a tech comedy routine which would require humor. If this was a review it was a failure. Very disappointing.

    hynekdhynekd2 days ago
  • whats the problem to disconnect the wifi cable? no single word about almost empty 10 years old body design.

    Ivan FedulovIvan Fedulov2 days ago
  • Uh, meh? One too many yuck-yuck’s in this teardown/bitch session. Integrated 10Gb on an ENTRY-LEVEL desktop? Come on, the assumption there would be is laughable. 99% of buyers don’t even know what 10Gb is, let alone asking for it. You’re better than this, Linus.

    Toe CutterToe Cutter2 days ago

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  • Hi

    Danel LongDanel Long2 days ago
  • I feel like no matter how this project works out, it's a really interesting step in tech history

    Ryan MayberryRyan Mayberry2 days ago
  • Did I hear you utter the word "good" during this "review'? 😳 Look at the freaking engineering that went to building this board! Suggestion: subscribe to "not an apple fan" channel... he would appreciate it.

    cyclical50cyclical502 days ago
  • I hope that this will as a fallout pave the way for RISC-V. Apple can flush its closed devices down the drain when it comes to me, but I would like to see software stacks opening up to other, open architectures. Phones were the first step, RISC-V might be the endgame for Intel & AMD? Who knows.

    MrRecorder1MrRecorder12 days ago
  • Well, windows devices have much longer (almost unlimited) support

    Ádám KullaiÁdám Kullai3 days ago
  • Worst thing this has only 2 USB slots. I used to have a Mac Mini with 4 USB ports + a USB port with 4 slots! But I guess the Thunderbolt hub delivers well enough. But the price is waaaay more than I paid for my Mac Mini i7 Quad Core Late 2012.

    PeitePeite3 days ago
  • Bruh my home also have this

    MikeTheGameDevMikeTheGameDev3 days ago
  • Why doesn’t Linus get someone to review these devices who doesn’t have an irrational bias against apple?

    Tom CarreTom Carre3 days ago
  • Linus looks like he’s having a stroke in the thumbnail

    Tom CarreTom Carre3 days ago
  • I hate how humans like to argue just for the sake of having something to do. Reminds me of the the Space Engineers loading screen.. When not presented with problems to fix, engineers will create their own, or something to that effect. If I were an extra terrestrial, I could see myself being bigoted. Planet of the Apes.

    1oner1oner3 days ago
  • the computer isn't large enough for the price imo.

    Soul EqualiserSoul Equaliser3 days ago
  • Stop haphazardly stabbing the PCB with the spudger as you gesticulate!

    dorbiedorbie3 days ago
  • What's the specific purpose of using OS X as the ingest stations in your workflow? Curious.

    Tim FernandezTim Fernandez3 days ago
  • so much space.. they could add a 2,5 inch HDD and let us upgrade that to 5 TB.

    Botsis AnargyrosBotsis Anargyros3 days ago
  • i hope you make a blender benchmark in your M1 review, because the other youtubers didn't, we really want to know how good the new mac mini emulate blender task

    Adham AbousalemAdham Abousalem3 days ago
  • cable management ... for 4 cables ! XD

    HLEETHLEET3 days ago
  • I feel like that grill needs to be on a connector for the people that WILL damage this somehow and bring it to a repair shop that will have to deal with that stupid grill being basically attached to the board. Unless it's really just a sticker and Linus is being dumb.

    NotAPenguinNotAPenguin3 days ago
  • Speaking abt Apple abandoned don’t forget about air power

    Srijan VarmaSrijan Varma3 days ago
  • Apple’s ifixit kit was just there to test their new anti-right to repair designs of course ;)

    annag coclannag cocl3 days ago
  • Disgusting

    Matthew PalmerMatthew Palmer3 days ago
  • If someone to this to my pc ..I will puch him on the face 😂😂😂

    techZoNetechZoNe3 days ago
  • The best part of this video was seeing Linus take this computer apart. I am hopeful that these first gen M1 Macs will perform well but I doubt they'll get support for a lot of years. I wonder what others think?

    ricky vricky v3 days ago
    • Is the hard drive (SSD) replaceable with larger, or is that a soldered on thing too?

      annag coclannag cocl3 days ago
  • Time to buy iFixit share.

    Soe SanSoe San3 days ago
  • Apple and User Upgradeability do not belong in the same sentence. They do not want you to upgrade shit. They want you to buy a new one any time you want to upgrade.

    The KriptokerThe Kriptoker3 days ago
  • useless case.

    Артём ДьяконовАртём Дьяконов3 days ago
  • I think their next gen product won't be a performance boost but an IO boost. This new M1 chip is surely competing with i9 and destroying them. So, the only thing holding them back is the IO capabilities...

    KrishnakumarKrishnakumar3 days ago