Among other things, iFixit’s teardown of Mac Studio found a monstrous thermal management system attached to a relatively small computer.
The teardown video showed a somewhat complicated but not insurmountable process to get inside this small metal rectangle, and there weren’t too many surprises. The video identified a few ports, showed the removal of the motherboard, and perhaps most notably revealed a dual-fan cooling system inside the machine.
Also, iFixit spoke about the much-discussed SSD swapping situation. It’s possible to swap out the memory provided you’re using at least memory of the same size and type – but this requires the use of a device firmware update (DFU) recovery. (Read our article on this topic.)
However, replacing a part with its exact copy is not the same as an upgrade, which predictably still remains elusive.
It wasn’t impossible to get in, but it wasn’t easy either. iFixit had to pull the device’s rubber foot off to access the first few case screws, and found that the fans hidden inside will be difficult to clean. But on the bright side in terms of serviceability: the modular ports come and go easily, and the entire chassis is accessible primarily with a screwdriver without risk of damage.
All in all, iFixit gave the Mac Studio a 6 out of 10 repairability rating, a number we’ve seen before for Apple products.
The video also included a quick teardown of the studio display. There’s not too much to say about the Studio Display other than the inside looking like a stripped down iMac. iFixit also noted that the webcam resembles a camera on the iPhone 11.
Be sure and watch the video if you want more details.
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