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.