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Aluminum Unibody Mac mini Q&A @ EveryMac.com

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EveryMac.com's Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini Q&A answers questions about the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 Aluminum Mac mini models. Regardless of release date, these systems can be collectively identified by the A1347 model number.

Questions range from "What are all the differences between the 'Late 2014' Aluminum Mac mini and the models replaced?" to "How do you upgrade the storage in the Aluminum Unibody Mac mini models? What type of hard drive(s) or SSD(s) do they support?" and everything in between.

Please note that the "Late 2014" Aluminum Mac mini models are currently shipping and all previous Aluminum models have been discontinued.

Earlier Mac mini models use polycarbonate cases. EveryMac.com covers these Intel and PowerPC-based models separately.

For answers to questions about these PowerPC Mac mini models (A1103), see the Mac mini G4 Q&A. For these Intel Mac mini models (A1176, A1283), see the Polycarbonate Intel Mac mini Q&A.

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Most Frequently Asked Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini Q&As:

How do you upgrade the storage in the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models? What type of hard drive(s) or SSD(s) do they each support?

What are all the differences between the "Late 2014" Aluminum Mac mini models and the "Late 2012" models replaced?

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?

How fast are the "Late 2014" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models compared to the "Late 2012" models replaced?

How do I connect an Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini to a television? Do they support both HDTV (1080p) and 4K televisions?

What are the "pros and cons" of the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini? Is one right for my needs?

What are all the differences between the "Late 2014" Aluminum Mac mini models? Which is best for my needs?

Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models?

Does the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini have an IR receiver? Does it support a remote?

What type of video system is provided by the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models? Which are integrated and which are dedicated? Can the video be upgraded?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of Mac OS X is pre-installed on the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models?

Can the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini run Mac OS 9/Classic applications?

Can the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini run Windows?

Can the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini run Linux?

Comparison & Performance Q&As: Late 2014 - Current:

What are all the differences between the "Late 2014" Aluminum Mac mini models? Which is best for my needs?

What are all the differences between the "Late 2014" Aluminum Mac mini models and the "Late 2012" models replaced?

How fast are the "Late 2014" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models compared to each other and to the "Late 2012" models replaced?

Comparison & Performance Q&As: Late 2012 - Discontinued:

What are all the differences between the "Late 2012" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models?

What are all the differences between the "Late 2012" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models and the "Mid-2011" models replaced?

How fast are the "Late 2012" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models compared to one another and to the "Mid-2011" models replaced?

Comparison & Performance Q&As: Mid-2011 - Discontinued:

What are all the differences between the "Mid-2011" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models?

What are all the differences between the "Mid-2011" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models and the "Mid-2010" models replaced?

How fast are the "Mid-2011" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models compared to the "Mid-2010" models replaced?

Comparison & Performance Q&As: Mid-2010 - Discontinued:

What are all the differences between the "Mid-2010" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" models?

What are all the differences between the "Mid-2010" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini and the "Polycarbonate" Mac mini models replaced?

How fast are the "Mid-2010" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" models compared to the Mac mini models replaced?

Graphics, Video, & Television Q&As:

What type of video system is provided by the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models? Which are integrated and which are dedicated? Can the video be upgraded?

What is the largest display the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models will support? What type of displays do they support? Do they support dual displays? Do they support a 4K/Ultra HD display?

Does the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini have an IR receiver? Does it support a remote?

Is the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini capable of 1080p H.264 HD playback?

How do I connect an Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini to a television? Do they support both HDTV (1080p) and 4K televisions?

What is a good wireless keyboard with a trackpad to use with a Mac mini while sitting on the couch?

What is HDMI?

What is "Thunderbolt"? Is it an industry standard? What advantages does it offer? Are there any disadvantages?

Upgrades & Expansion Q&As:

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?

How do you upgrade the storage in the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models? What type of hard drive(s) or SSD(s) do they support?

Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models?

Does the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini have a PCI slot?

How is the SD Card slot different on the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini compared to SD Card slots on earlier Macs?

What is "Thunderbolt"? Is it an industry standard? What advantages does it offer? Are there any disadvantages?

What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?

Design, Configuration, & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini?

Where can I buy an Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini?

What are the custom configuration options for the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models?

What are the "pros and cons" of the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini? Is one right for my needs?




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