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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:31 pm

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redlester wrote:Interestingly OWC in America has this page for upgrades:
https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/ ... -mini/2018

Well that confirms it - it has to be user upgradeable, at least RAM-wise, as OWC is a big player and they wouldn't be advertising 64Gb RAM if they weren't referring to the new Mac Mini (cos none of the older models permit such capacity).

Perhaps you have to take your computer and RAM along to an Apple Store and get them to install it in order to keep the warranty? I wish they would just clarify it!
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:58 pm

redlester wrote:Just beware it will come with Mojave OS which many music applications, plug-ins, etc. are not yet fully compatible with. See the other thread in this forum.

I know it's possible to replace this with say Sierra or High Sierra, but there will be a consequent amount of faffing involved before being able to actually use it.


Just to be clear, it is very unliklely that any new Apple product can have its OS downgraded there won't be hardware drivers included for new models in Sierra or High Sierra
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:00 pm

The link I posted earlier in this thread to the Crucial web site is now listing compatible RAM for the 2018 model. £266 for 32GB.
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:07 pm

That's the deal!
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Re: Mac mini rumour...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:17 pm

Agharta wrote:This is a halfway house in terms of price and performance:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13510/my ... dge-review

Don't know if it supports Apple gear.

What really winds the price up is using TB3 protocol rather than Gen 2. I should have thought Apple kit would be fine as the OS has supported NVMe for a while now.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:22 pm

Can one boot from an external TB3 drive?

That would make the internal SDD less critical with time...
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:28 pm

You can boot from an external USB drive. I've not tried with a TB drive but I've no reason to doubt you can.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby redlester » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:35 pm

Well there we have it, finally confirmed that these are not "officially" user upgradeable.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT205041

To upgrade the memory in your Mac mini (2018), go to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

However....
https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/08/20 ... e-process/
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby G-Doubleyou » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:38 pm

Yep it can be done with the proper tools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UrSLnn ... e=youtu.be

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:25 pm

That doesn't look too complicated.

Good news!

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby ConcertinaChap » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:08 pm

Wimp that I am that's definitely beyond my paygrade. Fortunately, should I ever get one of these, I have an Apple authorised repairer nearby who are not above installing Kingston RAM if asked to in this sort of situation so that's the route I'd take.

Thanks for the link.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby desmond » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:17 pm

These things are pretty easy to do with an iFixit guide and a little care and patience...

If you're not the "care and patience" type, then yes, get someone else to do it... :tongue:
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby ConcertinaChap » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:38 pm

desmond wrote:If you're not the "care and patience" type

Would that I were ... :)

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Humble Bee » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:21 pm

As a master watchmaker by profession these screws look humongously big! ;)
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby G-Doubleyou » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:54 pm

when I modified my 2012 Mini OWC had kits with tools supplied and step by step video tutorials.

Looks to be about the same level of complexity.

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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby desmond » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:21 pm

Humble Bee wrote:As a master watchmaker by profession these screws look humongously big! ;)

Patience only goes *so* far... :o :lol:

It's a rare individual who does that stuff... :clap:
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:26 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:Wimp that I am that's definitely beyond my paygrade. Fortunately, should I ever get one of these, I have an Apple authorised repairer nearby who are not above installing Kingston RAM if asked to in this sort of situation so that's the route I'd take.

Thanks for the link.

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Lucky you CC, when I took my 2012 MBP for repair my local (ish) Apple approved repairer wouldn't even install the optical drive from my older (2011) MBP to replace the failed one in the new MBP (which I had removed, along with the spare) as they said they weren't allowed to do so and if Apple found out they would be in trouble :headbang: I just took it home with me and stuck it in myself........
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Re: Mac mini rumour... (it's true!)

Postby blinddrew » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:46 pm

Humble Bee wrote:As a master watchmaker by profession these screws look humongously big! ;)
And on the positive side we know where to go next time we're trying to decipher some tiny writing on a badly scanned instruction manual... ;)
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