One of the things to keep in mind when we are going to buy a Mac is directly related to the use that we are going to give our new machine and the time it takes to renew the equipment. Formerly in Apple the user had some options available to upgrade your Mac hardware And today we are going to see some details that show rather the opposite, despite the fact that it is possible to add hardware in some Macs. The case of the new iMac is a clear example of this and that is that until 2012 it was simpler than now the add more RAM (except in current 27 ″ model) or change the hard drive, but today we will talk in more detail about the Mac mini.
One of the entry-level Macs is undoubtedly the Mac mini. This compact and cheaper computer makes any user who comes from a PC and is considering buying a Mac look at it to buy. The different Mac mini models with different configurations make it a computer to take into account, that is, choose the model well because on this Mac expansion options are rather few today.
Expand RAM on older Mac Mini
When I talk about old Mac minis I mean to all those that Apple no longer sells. I will not go into differentiating the Mac mini that the guys from Cupertino have discontinued since it is a series of Macs that began to be marketed in 2005 and today they are still one of the best Mac for those users who come from PC and have their own monitor, keyboard, mouse.
At the beginning I told you about being clear about what we are going to use the Mac for and this is directly related to the expansion options that Apple basically no longer allows us to perform on these computers. In this case, if you want to have more information about these possible improvements or even know some more details about the small but not less powerful Mac mini, I refer you to the guide or compilation on the history since its launch now ago about 11 years that we wrote a few days ago on the web. In it you will see that since the launch of the aluminum Mac mini things have changed in terms of the possibility of expanding the machines and it is that Apple became tougher on this issue and did not want the user to modify the internal hardware of their Macs and the mini was no exception since it brought parts soldered to the board directly.
Changing the RAM on a current Mac Mini: impossible
Today, any Apple computer can be classified as not expandable by the user, except the 27-inch iMac that even adds a small cover on the back of it to add more RAM, the rest almost always remain as they come from. the Apple store. The user can do little or nothing in these new Mac mini and that is basically everything is glued or soldered on the motherboard.
If you are one of the users who has in your hands one of the older Mac mini with the possibility of increasing or improving its internal hardware through new components, do not sell it and enjoy this possibility. it is also true that today it's harder to cope with a "veteran" Mac mini since they do not allow software updates and it is difficult or impossible to use some applications, even worse, we recommend that you keep it as a small treasure.
At present we find a Mac mini entry that costs 549 euros put at home and adds: 5 GHz Intel Core i1,4 processor, 500 GB Storage, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, an Intel HD Graphics 5000 graphics and OS X El Capitan. This machine has been listed by the kings of disassembly, iFixit, with a score of 6 on 1st For repairs and although it is true that they are experts in assembling and disassembling these Apple computers, it is best to go for a slightly more powerful purchase and put aside this Mac mini model. Note that RAM or disk expansion is almost impossible (you can but we don't recommend it) on these Mac mini, so it's best to choose a higher setting from the start and forget about opening these Macs.
Many of you may be thinking that if you buy the Mac mini from the start then you can add more powerful hardware just like you could do with a desktop PC, but nothing is further from the truth. If you want to expand one of these Mac mini, the safest thing is that you have to go to the technical service of Apple or a trusted computer technician to be able to carry out the expansion or improvement of components, so the best advice is to save a little more and go straight for the top model and avoid problems of falling short in the future.
Apple increasingly puts more problems to expand the Mac mini and the next generation that should arrive in 2016 (it's his turn) will not be different