How can I check that all the parts in a Mac mini late 2014 are genuine or not?

I have found that we can change the About this Mac details from system.

How can I know that Details shown in About this Mac is right and not a cheat?

  • Hi @hardik ! Do you mean about this Mac > system report details? – anki Feb 7 '20 at 11:04
  • @ankii I am talking about when you click top right apple icon and from that about mac and there is one tab called Overview. that overview can be change so how i get to know that this is not cheated. – Hardik Vyas Feb 7 '20 at 11:15
  • In that overview, click system report and see if you can find proof that it can be cheated.. What is the use case? – anki Feb 7 '20 at 11:23
  • @ankii What is the use case? means what you are asking i cant understand it. And can SystemReport can be change anyhow by anyone else ??? – Hardik Vyas Feb 7 '20 at 11:27
  • @ankii can seller edit System Reports ?? – Hardik Vyas Feb 7 '20 at 12:01

There is only four components that can be interchanged in the 2014 Mac mini:

  • AirPort card
  • PCIe SSD
  • 5400 RPM Hard Disk Drive
  • CPU Fan

Other than those four items (maybe the modular power supply, but it’s proprietary to Apple) everything is physically integrated into the logic board.

Of the four items I listed, none are “genuine” Apple to begin with

  • AirPort card is a PCIe, Broadcom network adapter made for Apple. Technically, you could use a different PCIe adapter, but why? Apple always put the latest 802.1x product available at the time. They are “too inexpensive” to swap with another.
  • The SSD is a Samsung with a proprietary PCIe Interface. There are adapters out there to interface standard PCIe SSDs with Apple’s interface, but again why? This is a Fusion Drive setup and it’s much easier to upgrade the spinning drive which....
  • The Hard Disk is an OEM from Seagate. It’s very common to change this out, even for another SSD. So, if it's not the original, there's really no harm/no foul here.
  • The fan is a standard fan that you would find in any off the shelf laptop, albeit, it’s one of the higher quality ones. However, it makes no sense to to not use Apple OEM, because these are so inexpensive. It would cost more (much, much, more) in time and labor to change out with a lessor model than the profit you'd make doing so.

Modifying System Report.

Can you modify the System Report? Technically yes, you can.

For instance, by editing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SystemProfiler.plist with a utility like TextWrangler, I can change the "About This Mac" model info.

But again why? Of the components I listed, none are genuine Apple and the fan doesn’t even report. If the memory was user serviceable like previous models, you could add any compatible 3rd party memory. The memory today, like back then isn’t made by Apple so System Report info here would be moot.

As for the Model or even the CPU info, that info can be easily cross checked:

Keep in mind that the SN# is printed on the back or bottom of Mac products. Even if "About this Mac" information were to be spoofed, it's very easy to use another avenue to verify what you have.


It's not possible for someone to make the Mac show different information in About This Mac or System Information from the actual data that the OS reports.

Of course, if you're looking at a photo/screenshot, it could have been digitally altered, or it could be from another computer.

However, a 2014 Mini does not really have many interchangeable parts that could be swapped for "non-genuine" (i.e. not-Apple OEM) parts. The RAM is soldered to the logic board, for starters.

If you are buying something on eBay or similar, then usually you can return it if it does not meet the agreed specification, and get a refund.

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