Apple announced a new Mac Mini last week, for the first time in four years. It's the first major redesign in seven. But all the new speed and power comes with a price: $ 800. Here's the "cheap" Apple desktop die.
If you're still stuck on your older Mac Mini for fear of your bank account, there's a cheaper option: upgrade it. Mac Mini models that rock Intel Core architecture still get OS updates, all the way to MacOS Mojave. Everyone uses replaceable hard drives that you can upgrade to a cheap solid state drive and the devices go very cheap right now. 201
To test this condition, I opened a 2012 Mac Mini, which already has an acceptable 8GB of RAM, but uses a slow hard drive of 5400 rpm in laptop. I replaced it with a 500GB Samsung 840 SSD that I did not use. I'll admit: this is not a simple process, with many small, tightly designed pieces to break. If you would not be comfortable, say, open your newer smartphone to replace the battery, you might want a local repair store to deal with this. And before you start, you want to make a Mojave recovery disc, which is a little tricky.
But the results are impossible to deny. Booting This Mac will take about four minutes on the hard drive and about thirty seconds with the second-hand SSD. Reading and writing speed has been improved by a factor of five to ten. The programs are loaded immediately. Even Chrome, which is remarkably pokey on macOS, feels more lively.
For a $ 100 upgrade, it's quite amazing. And the knowledge that $ 700 (at least) stayed in my pocket is incredibly satisfying.
Again, this upgrade is not too weak in the heart: Apple does not make it easy to upgrade Mac, and it's like they like it. You also need to know how to make a bootable MacOS device (and possibly enable TRIM support for your SSD), things that are almost deliberately dumb in macOS. But if you're up for a small elbow fat and your Mac Mini is far from its warranty date, it's well worth the effort.
If you would like to address this task, figure out your specific model of the Mac Mini then go looking for iFixIt for a specific guide to that model. You will want to follow the steps exactly – maybe upload a video to accompany, as well as the spring of the Logic Removal Tool if necessary. After a very careful work and a very careful polishing of all the small screws, you will be rewarded with a Mac Mini with years of kind service left in it.