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Apple expected to offer double RAM on next iMac, Mac mini

updated 05:57 am EDT, Fri October 19, 2012

Apple to offer 8GB RAM chips on iMac, Mac mini for the first time

Apple is expected to double the RAM capabilities of the next-generation of Intel Ivy Bridge-powered iMacs and Mac minis, reports 9to5Mac. With Ivy Bridge PCs shipping in the middle of this year, the upgraded Macs are considered to be somewhat overdue. However, when they arrive, users who choose to purchase a build-to-order machine will be able to add up 32GB of RAM in the iMac or 16GB of RAM in the Mac mini.

Apple currently ships the iMac with four RAM slots. At the moment, Apple gives users the option to upgrade their iMac with up 4GB chips in each slot for a total of 16GB. The next generation iMac is expected offer users the option of fitting 8GB chips directly from Apple when customizing their iMac for the first time.

Similarly, the current Mac mini ships with up to two 4GB chips for a total of 8GB of RAM preinstalled by Apple. Apple is expected to also extend the ability fill the two Mac mini memory slots with two 8GB chips for a total of 16GB of memory. According to 9to5Mac, Apple has been busy building stocks of both Mac suggesting that they will be available soon after they are announced.

Apple is holding a special event on October 23 where it is expected to introduce the new iMac and Mac mini alongside the launch of the iPad mini and the first 13-inch MacBook Pro with a high-pixel density Retina Display.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Zanziboy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-27-08

    For pro users who ran up against the 16GB memory limitation on the iMac, Christmas is coming early!

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Dear Zanziboy, dear MacNN... it's been possible for a while now to put 32 GB into an iMac, using 8 GB modules. Just because Apple doesn't offer 32 GB as a built-to-order option doesn't mean it can't be done.

    Same goes for 16 GB on the current Mac mini. Check for confirmation:

    Or here, from July 2011:

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    I have the current model of Mac Mini and it runs on 16 GB of RAM. So the next model should be able to max out to 32 GB of RAM for the Mini. Apple spec doesn't tell you that.

  1. SierraDragon

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 03-22-04

    The article does not suggest more slots, just that Apple will now officially sell its overpriced RAM to double the quantity.

    That is a good thing but sane folks do not buy Apple RAM anyway because of the historical Apple RAM overpricing.

    Macnn should do some real journalism and tell us if this signals Apple will be making it impossible to upgrade to third party RAM like they do with the retina display MBP, which would be a very very BAD thing. It would force users to buy max RAM at day one of the life of a box instead of just waiting for prices to fall like RAM prices always do, and it would force folks to pay Apple's rude RAM prices.

  1. ccrider

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-16-01

    I've been running 32 mb of ram on the latest i7 iMac for quite a few months now.
    May not be supported but works like a champ.

  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    I agree with other posters. This issue isn't the RAM these Macs ship with. The issue is the inflated price of any additional RAM. Personally, I'd rather Apple offered versions with no RAM at all. I hate having to buy even 4 Gig of RAM (which ends up in a drawer), when I know I'll be upgrading to 16 Gig from third-parties

    My best of all solution would be for Apple to sell barebones Mac minis to well-established firms like OWC. OWC could then sell them to us with precisely the RAM, SSD, and HD options we prefer. Apple can't begin to match the options and prices third-party firms offer, but more choices would mean more sales all around.

  1. pottymouth

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-19-03

    Yeah, I wonder what they're going to charge for that 16GB upgrade. They're charging $150 to upgrade the current Mini to 8GB, but I upped mine to 16GB for only $75. It seemed like they had their RAM upgrades priced a bit closer to real world prices for a couple years there, but now it seems like we're back to the completely ridiculous prices of the early '00s and '90s

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