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.