Will Apple perform RAM upgrade at a later date?

pinkoos

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Does anybody know Apple's official policy on whether they will be providing a 2018 mini RAM upgrade service after purchase?

So if one buys an 8GB model now and decides to upgrade the RAM later, will Apple provide this service (for a cost of course)?
 

pinkoos

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I'm afraid I may not be that bold, even after watching all the online tutorials and hearing how "easy" it is from all you on the forum here
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Of course.
But do it yourself, save a ton. Takes 10 minutes and it's super easy.
Do they have a page on their site detailing the process, cost, etc.?
 

archer75

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I'm afraid I may not be that bold, even after watching all the online tutorials and hearing how "easy" it is from all you on the forum here
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Do they have a page on their site detailing the process, cost, etc.?
No. Call the store. I've heard $50 fee. Plus the ram cost. Walk in there with it and they'll swap it out. Very quick.

Be bold, you can do it!
 

DeltaMac

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The RAM upgrade in the new mini only takes some careful time, and is not particularly difficult.
The upgrade question would be one that you would have to ask at your local Apple store, but I would think that they would do the upgrade if you wanted to pay for it.
 

jaybar

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I would check with Apple. When I purchased my new 27 inch iMac in July, I was told that they would nolonger do it at the Apple Store. That I either had to purchase it as BTO when ordered or have an authorized service center do it. I think the policy is in flux and I would check with Apple.
 

LeeW

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I know everyone says it is easy but I have already seen at least one competent user on this forum break a connector and bend pins. Several other screw ups on other sites.

Yes, it is relatively easy however no point in pushing people into it if they don't want to attempt it. Its one thing doing a 'simple' ram upgrade, something entirely different to rectify the damage you could do.
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will Apple provide this service
Yes, of course, it is their preferred method of doing it so they get more money from you.
 

pinkoos

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If you cant do it your self look for a Apple Service Provider, they will do the upgrade for you.
I know, but I'm wondering specifically how much Apple would charge because I'd rather get it done directly through Apple rather than an authorized service provider.
 

jaybar

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I know, but I'm wondering specifically how much Apple would charge because I'd rather get it done directly through Apple rather than an authorized service provider.
Apple may not do it. You need to check with them regarding current policy.
 

sean barry

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The RAM upgrade in the new mini only takes some careful time, and is not particularly difficult.
The upgrade question would be one that you would have to ask at your local Apple store, but I would think that they would do the upgrade if you wanted to pay for it.
Easy for who? Pull MB and PS? come on man!
 

PianoPro

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Does anybody know Apple's official policy on whether they will be providing a 2018 mini RAM upgrade service after purchase?

So if one buys an 8GB model now and decides to upgrade the RAM later, will Apple provide this service (for a cost of course)?
Yes. Before we knew how difficult it was I asked a local Apple Store if they would upgrade the RAM after purchase. They said they will do a RAM upgrade, but charge a labor fee PLUS the "full Apple price" of the new RAM modules, and the latter is much more than the price difference between RAM options when ordered initially (because the original option price is the net of the larger RAM minus the base 8K RAM). So you pay a much higher price for the additional RAM modules plus the labor. Apple will NOT upgrade the RAM with anyone else's RAM modules. They made that quite clear. They had not received pricing info yet on the labor or RAM modules at the time I asked.

Interestingly, I also called a local authorized Apple dealer/service provider and they refused to upgrade the Mini RAM regardless of whether you wanted to purchase the RAM yourself or if they bought it from Apple. Of course that was very early and that may have changed since then.
 

zlostorko

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Don't be afraid. I did it last evening :)

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I bought only 16gb and will add more 16gb later. And yes - it works with 20gb now :D
The hardest part was to disconnect the tiny connector (front LED) from the board.
 
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Ifti

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If you are not confident with completing the process yourself then don't do it. Simple. Don't be pushed into giving it a shot by others who may find it easy.

Although I'm comfortable with working on computer components, some people find working with car engines easy. Doesn't mean I do!
 

pinkoos

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Yes. Before we knew how difficult it was I asked a local Apple Store if they would upgrade the RAM after purchase. They said they will do a RAM upgrade, but charge a labor fee PLUS the "full Apple price" of the new RAM modules, and the latter is much more than the price difference between RAM options when ordered initially (because the original option price is the net of the larger RAM minus the base 8K RAM). So you pay a much higher price for the additional RAM modules plus the labor. Apple will NOT upgrade the RAM with anyone else's RAM modules. They made that quite clear. They had not received pricing info yet on the labor or RAM modules at the time I asked.

Interestingly, I also called a local authorized Apple dealer/service provider and they refused to upgrade the Mini RAM regardless of whether you wanted to purchase the RAM yourself or if they bought it from Apple. Of course that was very early and that may have changed since then.
Thanks, very helpful info.