YouTuber DIY Project Shrinks M1 Mac Mini By 78%, Without Sacrificing Performance
The reason that theoretical space savings are so huge is because when Apple released the first round of Apple Silicon computers, they did not change the hardware industrial design at all. So the current Mac Mini enclosure is designed to fit an Intel CPU and circuit board, including having to accommodate the large fans and heat sinks the Intel chip required.
But with the power efficiency of the M1, Apple has the headroom to do something much more drastic. Indeed, a lot of the M1 Mac mini internals is just empty space. The Snazzy Labs video gives a glimpse at what is possible if Apple is more ambitious with the next-generation Mac mini design, and tries to create something truly mini. The CAD files and schematics can be viewed here.
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