We’ve some more disappointing news if you’re planning to get the new Mac mini.
Users were disappointed that the new Mac mini that Apple stopped offering a build-to-order quad-core processor upgrade and dual-drive storage options that exceed 1TB.
It was also being speculated that the new Mac mini comes with soldered RAM, which would mean that it wouldn’t be possible for users to upgrade the RAM.
Macminicolo’s Brian Stucki has confirmed that it is indeed the case, which means that the new Mac minis will be limited to 16GB of RAM that is available as an option while purchasing the device. The soldered RAM would mean that users will have to shell out a premium to upgrade to 16GB RAM. The base 1.4GHz Mac mini can be upgraded to 16GB for an additional cost of $300, where as the 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz Mac mini models can be upgraded to 16GB for an additional cost of $200 while placing an order on Apple’s website.
Confirmed: RAM in the new Mac mini is not user accessible. Hard drive can be replaced/upgraded, though not keeping warranty.
— Brian Stucki (@brianstucki) October 17, 2014
This shouldn’t come as a surprise though. Apple has long used soldered RAM in the MacBook line, and switched to soldered RAM for the cheaper 21.5-inch iMac that was released earlier in the year. RAM can be added after purchase in case of the other 21.5″ iMacs but it requires removal of the screen and is an extremely difficult upgrade.
The new 27″ Retina iMac, on the other hand, has a easily accessed RAM upgrade slot at the back of the machine which should make RAM upgrades very easy.
Stucki however points out that the hard drive is replaceable, however it would result in voiding the warranty.
Is the lack of the option to upgrade the RAM on your own in the new Mac mini a deal-breaker for you?