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Performance has been good, and both mid-2011 Mac Mini's work well with MacOS Catalina. There has been a few minor graphical glitches, but overall I'm very happy with the upgrade. I'd still only recommend for someone who's technical and doesn't mind experimenting as I had to disable SIP to get the patch to work. Continue this thread. May 20, 2016 Support Communities / Mac OS & System Software / Mac OS X v10.7 Lion Looks like no one’s replied in a while. Mac Mini Mid 2011 upgrade 10.7.5 to el capitan.

Identifiers: Mid-2011 - MC815LL/A - Macmini5,1 - A1347 - 2442

I recently picked up a new M1 Mac Mini and, while the machine is fast as hell, I'm having some strange issues with USB. First I noticed that my USB printer would randomly disconnect and, even after a reboot, wasn't detected until I unplugged and replugged it in. Then I noticed a. For the Mid 2011 Mac Mini and Mid 2011 MacBook Air Mac OS X 10.7.1 Update (for MacBook Air and Mac Mini 2011) 10.7.2 11C74 October 12, 2011 Darwin 11.2 About the OS X Lion v10.7.2 Update Adds iCloud, various bug fixes, minor user interface tweaks, Safari 5.1.1, and the ability to boot into Lion Recovery from a Time Machine disk.

Upgrading Mac mini (Mid 2011) RAM. I've got a Mac mini (Mid 2011). It currently has 4 GB of RAM which I want to upgrade to 16 GB. I know that officially with these versions, only 8 GB is supported, but I've read from OWC Announces Industry’s First 16 GB RAM Upgrade For Latest Apple Mac Mini Models that you can actually upgrade to 16 GB. Step 8 Antenna Plate. Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini: Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws. Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either screwdriver will work) When putting back together: It can be difficult to get the hard drive seated correctly such that the antenna plate fits in place correctly.

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The Apple Mac mini 'Core i5' 2.3 (Mid-2011/Aluminum Unibody) features a 32-nm 'Sandy Bridge' 2.3 GHz Intel 'Core i5' (2415M) processor with two independent processor 'cores' on a single chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 2 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) memory, a 500 GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 288 MB of memory shared with the system. It does not have an internal optical drive, although an external one could be purchased for US$79.
Connectivity includes a Firewire '800' port, four USB 2.0 ports, combined 'audio line in (digital/analog)' and combined 'audio line out/headphone (digital/analog)' minijacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an SDXC card slot and an HDMI port as well as a new 'Thunderbolt' port that is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort and likewise supports an external display at 2560x1600 and passes an audio signal as well. Thunderbolt also supports other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard which provides up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
Compared to its non-server predecessor, the most obvious external difference is that this model lacks an optical drive, but it also has the aforementioned Thunderbolt port and is a bit lighter. Internally, it also has a faster processor, architecture, RAM and graphics as well as improved wireless capabilities.
All Mac mini systems are configured by default without a display, keyboard, or mouse, but numerous Apple and third-party options are available.
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  • What are all the differences between the 'Mid-2011' Aluminum Mac mini models and the models replaced?

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Introduction Date:July 20, 2011 Discontinued Date:October 23, 2012
Details:The 'Introduction Date' refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The 'Discontinued Date' refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2011.
Details:Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 4 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 4 benchmarks are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 4 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 4 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 5 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 5 benchmarks for the Mac are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 5 user submissions for Macs with the Macmini5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 5 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Processor Speed:2.3 GHz Processor Type:Core i5 (I5-2415M)
Details:This model is powered by a 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 'Sandy Bridge' (I5-2415M) processor which includes two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 3 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports 'Turbo Boost 2.0' -- which 'automatically increases the speed of the active cores' to improve performance when needed -- and 'Hyper Threading' -- which allows the system to recognize four total 'cores' or 'threads' (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2011' Aluminum 'Unibody' Mac mini models compared to the 'Mid-2010' models replaced?
Details:
Details:The processor is soldered directly to the motherboard.
System Bus Speed:5 GT/s*Cache Bus Speed:2.3 GHz (Built-in)
Details:*This system has a 'Direct Media Interface' (DMI) that 'connects between the processor and chipset' in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
Details:N/A
L1 Cache:32k/32k x2L2/L3 Cache:256k x2, 3 MB (on chip)
Details:Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 3 MB of shared level 3 cache.
Details:Supports 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SO-DIMMs. Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the Aluminum 'Unibody' Mac mini models? How much RAM of what type do they actually support?
Details:By default, 2 GB is installed as two 1 GB modules.
*Officially, this model supports 8 GB of RAM, but as first discovered by OWC, it actually is capable of supporting 16 GB of RAM using two 8 GB modules.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this Mac mini.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.
In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells RAM and other upgrades for this Mac mini.
In Germany, site sponsor CompuRAM sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells memory and other upgrades for this Mac mini.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:N/A
Details:This model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Also see: What type of video system is provided by the Aluminum Mac mini models? Which are integrated and which are dedicated? Can the video be upgraded?
In Spain, site sponsor iRepairs provides affordable repair and data recovery services. In-person and by mail repair services include the graphics card, power supply, and more for this Mac mini.
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Details:*Apple reports that this model shares 288 MB of memory for graphics use with the system. This is the minimum graphics memory usage but the memory available to Mac OS X 'may vary depending on graphics needs'. With 4 GB of RAM installed, the system uses 384 MB of system memory for video function. If upgraded to 8 GB of RAM (or more), 512 MB will be reserved for video function.
Display Support:Dual DisplaysResolution Support:1920x1200*
Details:*This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on an HDMI display or a DVI display using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and 2560x1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring*2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600*
Details:*This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on an HDMI or a DVI display (using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter) and 2560x1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
Standard Storage:500 GB HDDStd. Storage Speed:5400 RPM
Details:This model also could be equipped with a 750 GB, 7200 RPM hard drive for an additional US$150. A second hard drive or SSD also can be installed, although it is not formally supported.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive(s) in the Aluminum 'Unibody' Mac mini models? What type of hard drive(s) do they support?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this Mac mini.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this Mac mini.
In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells SSDs and other upgrades for this Mac mini.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells storage upgrades for this Mac mini.
Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:2.5' (9.5 mm) x2Storage Interface:Serial ATA (6 Gb/s) x2
Details:Regardless of the storage pre-installed, this model supports dual SATA II (3 Gb/s) 2.5' hard drives or SSDs that are each up to 9.5 mm thick.
Details:*This Mac mini has dual hard drives rather than a single hard drive and an optical drive. Site sponsor Adorama offers the external Apple USB SuperDrive for US$79. It writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL at 4X, DVD-R and DVD+R at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X, DVD+RW at 8X, reads DVD at 8X, writes CD-R at 24X, writes CD-RW at 16X, and reads CD at 24X.
Site sponsor Other World Computing also has a variety of compact external optical drive options that may be of interest, including some with Blu-ray capability. OWC also offers a 'Data Doubler' mounting kit for this model. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the available drive bay of this Mac mini.
Also see: What are the full capabilities of the external SuperDrive? Can it be used with other Macs?
Standard Modem:NoneStandard Ethernet:10/100/1000Base-T
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/nStandard Bluetooth:4.0

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Details:802.11n (802.11a/b/g capable as well) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 standard. As a minor point, Apple quietly stopped referring to the wireless networking (802.11n) as AirPort Extreme with this Mac mini.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
Details:Four 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire '800' port.
Details:This model has an SDXC Card slot.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and hand-picked accessories like external storage, stands, keyboards, cables, adapters, speakers, and more for this Mac mini.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, keyboards, security products, and more for this Mac mini.
Details:No Mac mini systems ship with a keyboard or mouse.
Details:Uses a tiny case -- milled from a single block of aluminum -- that is 7.7 inches wide and deep and 1.4 inches tall.
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1347 (EMC 2442)Model ID:Macmini5,1
Details:Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1347 Model Number, the 2442 EMC Number, and the Macmini5,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Details:N/A
Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.7 (11A2061)Maximum MacOS:X 10.13.x*
Details:*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' as well as OS X 10.9 'Mavericks' with the exception of the 'Power Nap' feature. It is compatible with the last version of OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' and OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' as well, but advanced feature support is limited to Mac-to-Mac AirDrop and AirPlay Mirroring. Other major features are not supported. It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) also, although it does not support the Universal Clipboard, Auto Unlock, and Apple Pay features. Finally, this model is capable of running macOS High Sierra (10.13), and it supports HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), but it does not support hardware accelerated HEVC. It is not compatible with macOS Mojave (10.14) or later versions of the operating system.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS High Sierra (10.13)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support HEVC?
Minimum Windows:7 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:8.1 (64-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit version of Windows 7 on this model and Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
Although Apple does not support Windows 10 via Boot Camp 5 (officially or otherwise), this system meets Microsoft's hardware requirements and it very well may be possible to boot Windows 10 on this Mac. If you have installed Windows 10 on this system (successfully or unsuccessfully), please share the results of your experiment. Thank you.
MacOS 9 Support:NoneWindows Support:Boot/Virtualization
Details:Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7Avg. Weight:2.7 lbs. (1.22 kg)
Details:In inches - height by width by depth, (3.6 cm, 19.7 cm, 19.7 cm)
Original Price (US):US$599Est. Current Retail:US$200-US$500
Details:Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Details:*1 HDMI and 1 Thunderbolt port.
Supports dual simultaneous displays -- 1920x1200 on an HDMI display or a DVI display using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and 2560x1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with adapter). Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
Details:N/A
Details:N/A
Details:Four 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire '800' port.
Details:Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Details:N/A
Details:Combined 'audio line in minijack (digital/analog).'
Details:Single combined 'audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog).'
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Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V, 85W maximum.

Global original prices for the Mac mini 'Core i5' 2.3 (Mid-2011) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $8,999 United States:US$599

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 5,499Finland:€599
Ireland:€599Italy:€599
Norway:NOK 4.790 Portugal:€599
Switzerland:CHF 649 United Kingdom:£529

Original Prices - Asia

India:Rs 33,900 Indonesia:Rp 5,799,000
Malaysia:RM 1,899The Philippines:PHP 30,990
Thailand:THB 19,900Vietnam:VND 14,499,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand


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How do you upgrade the RAM in the Aluminum 'Unibody' Mac mini models? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM do they actually support? Is it even possible to upgrade the RAM?

There are five different lines of Aluminum 'Unibody' Mac mini models -- the 'Mid-2010', 'Mid-2011', 'Late 2012', 'Late 2014' and 'Late 2018' -- all of which are quite different from one another in terms of memory.

Although the memory types are different, the upgrade procedure for the 'Mid-2010', 'Mid-2011' and 'Late 2012' Mac mini lines is easy and essentially the same and it is quite similar for the current 'Late 2018' models, as well. Unlike vintage polycarbonate Mac mini models, which require one to pry open the case and are not easy to upgrade, these Aluminum Mac mini models have a black plastic base on the bottom that can be removed with a quick turn to access the RAM slots.

Unfortunately, as first reported by Macminicolo and confirmed by site sponsor OWC, the now discontinued 'Late 2014' Mac mini models have soldered RAM. These models could be upgraded to as much as 16 GB of RAM at the time of system purchase, but the RAM cannot be upgraded later at all. In a pleasant surprise, Apple returned to upgradable memory for the current 'Late 2018' Mac mini models (sadly the storage is onboard, though).


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Identification Help

If you're not sure which Aluminum Mac mini model you have, these models can be identified by the Model Identifier in software and externally by EMC Number for the purposes of upgrading the RAM. More details about specific identifiers are provided in EveryMac.com's extensive Mac Identification section.

To locate the model identifier in software, select 'About This Mac' under the Apple Menu on your computer and click the 'More Info...' button. If the Mac mini is running OS X 10.7 'Lion' or later, you will need to click the 'System Report' button after clicking 'More Info...' as well. EveryMac.com has carefully hand documented each model identifier for your convenience.

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For the pre-Late 2014 Mac mini models, the EMC number is visible upon removing the bottom 'spin off' panel to the right of the memory slots (when the ports are facing you). It is on the bottom of the 'Late 2014' and 'Late 2018' models toward the ports. As always, EveryMac.com has hand documented the EMC numbers unique to each series, too.

These identifiers are most easily visualized as a chart:

Alu. Mac mini

Subfamily

Model ID

EMC No.

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2011

Mid-2011

Mid-2011

Mid-2011

Late 2012

Late 2012

Late 2012

Late 2012

Late 2012

Late 2014

Late 2014

Late 2014

Late 2014

Late 2018

Late 2018

Late 2018

EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Lookup feature -- as well as the EveryMac app -- also can identify these models by their Serial Numbers.

RAM Types & Actual Maximum RAM Capacities

The 'Mid-2010' Mac mini models have two memory slots that support 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMMs. Originally, they both officially and unofficially supported a maximum of 8 GB of RAM with two 4 GB memory modules. However, as discovered more recently by site sponsor Other World Computing, if these systems are running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, have been updated to use the latest EFI, and are equipped with proper specification memory modules, they can support up to 16 GB of RAM with dual 8 GB memory modules.

The 'Mid-2011' Mac mini models likewise have two memory slots but instead support faster 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SO-DIMMs. Officially, these models only support 8 GB of RAM, but as also reported by OWC, they likewise are capable of supporting 16 GB of RAM with dual 8 GB memory modules. These models only run OS X 10.7 and later versions of the operating system.

The 'Late 2012' Mac mini models also have two memory slots but use faster still 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 SO-DIMMs. At least for now, they both officially and unofficially support 16 GB of RAM, but should this number increase in the future (Intel reports that the underlying chipset can support up to 32 GB of RAM), this EveryMac.com Q&A will be updated.

Unfortunately, the 'Late 2014' Mac mini models have soldered RAM that cannot be upgraded after the initial system purchase. By default, these models have 4 GB or 8 GB of 1600 MHz 'Low Power' LPDDR3 SDRAM onboard, and this can be upgraded to 16 GB, but only at the time of initial purchase. The RAM in these models cannot be upgraded later.

The current 'Late 2018' Mac mini models triumphantly return with two memory slots and use even faster 2666 MHz PC4-21300 DDR4 SO-DIMMs. They support as much as 64 GB of RAM with two 32 GB memory modules.

Much like the identification help, the details are most easily visualized as a chart:

Alu. Mac mini

Subfamily

Model ID

SO-DIMM

Max

Mid-2010

1066 PC3-8500

16 GB*

Mid-2010

1066 PC3-8500

16 GB*

Mid-2010

1066 PC3-8500

16 GB*

Mid-2011

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB†

Mid-2011

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB†

Mid-2011

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB†

Mid-2011

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB†

Late 2012

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB

Late 2012

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB

Late 2012

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB

Late 2012

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB

Late 2012

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB

Late 2014

Soldered RAM

16 GB‡

Late 2014

Soldered RAM

16 GB‡

Late 2014

Soldered RAM

16 GB‡

Late 2014

Soldered RAM

16 GB‡

Late 2018

2666 PC4-21300

64 GB

Late 2018

2666 PC4-21300

64 GB

Late 2018

2666 PC4-21300

64 GB

* Officially, the 'Mid-2010' models support 8 GB of RAM, but they actually can support 16 GB of RAM. However, this is if and only if they are running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, have been updated to use the latest EFI, and are equipped with proper specification memory modules.

† Officially, the 'Mid-2011' line supports 8 GB of RAM, but they actually support 16 GB.

‡ The 'Late 2014' Mac models support a maximum of 16 GB of onboard 1600 MHz 'Low Power' LPDDR3 SDRAM, but only if configured with 16 GB at the time of system purchase. The RAM cannot be upgraded later.

RAM Upgrade Instructions

For polycarbonate Mac mini models, Apple does not provide instructions or recommend that users upgrade their own memory. However, for the Aluminum Mac mini, the company provides instructions on pages 31-38 and 39-46 of the 'Mid-2010' and 'Mid-2011' User's Guides, respectively. Apple does not provide instructions in the 'Quickstart Guide' for the 'Late 2012' models, but the procedure is the same. Apple likewise does not provide instructions for the current 'Late 2018' models, but it is a similar process, as well.

When available, the manuals provide installation instructions complete with drawings, which absolutely should be reviewed in their entirety before one installs memory. However, the below videos may be even better.

Mid-2010 Mac mini RAM Upgrade Videos

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This video -- from YouTube user DetroitBORG -- specifically covers the optical drive-equipped 'Mid-2010' (Macmini4,1) models:


Mid-2011 & Late 2012 Mac mini RAM Upgrade Video

OWC provides an exact video covering the slotless 'Mid-2011' (Macmini5,1, Macmini5,2, Macmini5,3), and 'Late 2012' (Macmini6,1, Macmini6,2) models, too:


Late 2018 Mac mini RAM Upgrade Video

Finally, OWC provides a specific video for the current 'Late 2018' (Macmini8,1) models:

After watching these videos, it should be clear that upgrading the RAM is a simple procedure in aluminum Mac mini models released prior to and after the Mid-2014 series.

However, even though the RAM upgrade procedure is simple (when possible), if you do not feel comfortable -- or have the time -- to perform the upgrade yourself, hiring a professional always is a good option.

Mac mini RAM Purchase Options

Just because RAM meets the minimum listed criteria does not mean that it will necessarily function as intended in your Mac. Be sure to buy from a quality vendor that has tested their RAM with the Mac mini to ensure full compatibility.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory compatible with all of the Mac mini models and provides a professional upgrade service for the Mac mini, too.

In the UK and Ireland, site sponsor Flexx sells Mac mini compatible memory with free shipping. The company provides flat rate shipping to France, Germany, and Switzerland and inexpensive shipping for all of Europe, too.

In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells memory for all Mac mini models with guaranteed compatibility, fast shipping, and no customs.

In Germany, site sponsor CompuRAM sells quality memory for all Mac mini models with affordable delivery country-wide and in person pick up and professional installation service available in Munich.

In Australia, site sponsors Macfixit and Upgradeable sell Mac mini compatible memory with fast shipping, a money-back guarantee and more.

In New Zealand, site sponsor Upgradeable New Zealand sells Mac mini memory with fast delivery to all corners of the country, precise compatibility, a lifetime warranty, and a money-back guarantee.

Also see:

  • How do you upgrade the hard drive(s) in the Aluminum 'Unibody' Mac mini models? What type of hard drive or SSDs do they support?
  • How do you upgrade the RAM in the Polycarbonate Intel Mac mini models? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM do they actually support?

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How To Upgrade Mac Mini 2011 To Mojave

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If you're using one of these computers with OS X Mavericks or later, you can install macOS Catalina. Your Mac also needs at least 4GB of memory and 12.5GB of available storage space, or up to 18.5GB of storage space when upgrading from OS X Yosemite or earlier. Learn how to upgrade to macOS Catalina.

MacBook Pro

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)

MacBook Air

  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)

Mid 2011 Mac Mini Os Upgrades

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)

MacBook

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)

iMac Pro

iMac

  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)

Mid 2011 Mac Mini Os Upgrade Download

  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2012)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012)

Mac mini

Mac Pro