Mac mini Late 2014 I/O Bezel Replacement
Replace the I/O bezel in a Late 2014 Mac mini.
- Author: Sam Lionheart
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace the I/O faceplate, including its integrated antennas, on your Mac mini Late 2014. On some models it may be possible to remove and install the I/O faceplate without removing the heat sink; in that case, feel free to skip the steps for heat sink removal (just be extra careful not to damage the I/O faceplate cables).
If you do remove the heat sink, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal compound before reassembling your Mac mini. Follow our thermal paste guide for instructions on cleaning and preparing the thermal surfaces and applying a new layer of thermal compound.
This guide was made with a Fusion Drive Mac mini, and may have more connectors and components than your model. Don't be alarmed if you're missing a hard drive or SSD connector!
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- Bottom Cover 3 steps
- Antenna Plate 6 steps
- Fan Assembly 4 steps
- Logic Board Assembly 12 steps
- Heat Sink 2 steps
- I/O Bezel 6 steps
Step 1 — I/O Bezel ¶
Remove the following T6 Torx screws from the I/O port antenna cables:
Three 2.8 mm screws with washers
One 3.4 mm screw
One 2.7 mm screw
Step 2 ¶
Use the point of a spudger to lift the power switch cable connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.
Step 3 ¶
Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connectors up off of their sockets on the AirPort card.
Step 4 ¶
Remove the four 2.7 mm T6 Torx screws holding the I/O bezel to the logic board.
Step 5 ¶
Remove the foam bumper from between the I/O bezel and USB ports.
Step 6 ¶
Pull the I/O bezel off of the logic board, minding any cables that may get caught.