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Repair company iFixit has done a teardown of the new Mac Studio, showing Apple’s intricate cooling system for the powerful system and how to take the device apart.
As it has done before with devices like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, iFixit has done a first teardown of Apple’s latest device. It’s done for the purpose of discovering how repairable — or not — a device is.
At some point, iFixit will eventually produce a written and illustrated guide showing exactly how to take a Mac Studio apart for repair. For now, though, a quick video overview has been made of the Mac’s components.
The cooling system takes up about half of the internal space of the Mac. The most notable part is the aluminum heat sink on the M1 Max version and the copper thermal module in the M1 Ultra edition.
The video also discusses slot storage in the Mac Studio. The company was able to swap flash modules like-for-like, but had no success installing a larger or smaller one.
A teardown of the Studio Display was also teased. The company noted that not only does it look like an iMac, but it falls apart in much the same way.
The Mac Studio got a 6 out of 10 for recoverability.
The possibility of repair may become a growing problem as Apple plans to roll out its Self Service Repair program for M1 Macs and iPhones. The program, which was announced five months ago, has yet to be worked out.