Mac mini Mid 2011 Explained

Source: – Mac mini Unibody without SuperDrive

The Apple Mac mini Mid 2011 is a personal computer designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2011 to 2012 as part of the Mac mini series. The computer was introduced on July 20, 2011, and its price started at $599.

The new Mac mini features a 2.3 GHz or 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, a new Aluminum Unibody case without SuperDrive, Bluetooth 4.0, and 288 MB Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics in the base model.

This Mac mini has been discontinued on October 23, 2012. Today Mac mini Mid 2011 is 12 years old!

Mac mini Mid 2011 Details

Introduced July 20, 2011 – 12 years ago
Discontinued October 23, 2012 – 11 years ago
Last Software Update November 12, 2020 – 3 years ago
Time on the Market 15 months (1 year)
Time of Support 111 months (9 years)
Model Identifier Macmini5,1 (2.3 GHz)
Macmini5,2 (2.5 GHz and 2.7 GHz)
Model Number A1347
EMC 2442
Order Number MC815LL/A
Original Price $599
Colors Aluminum
Weight 2.7 Ibs.
1.224 KG
Dimensions 1.4” H x 7.7” W x 7.7” D
3.55 cm H x 19.55 cm W x 19.55 cm D

Mac mini Tech Specs


Processor Intel Core i5 2415M “Sandy Bridge” (2.3 GHz)
Intel Core i5 2520M “Sandy Bridge” (2.5 GHz)
Intel Core i7 2620M “Sandy Bridge” (2.7 GHz)
Processor Speed 2.3 GHz
2.5 GHz
2.7 GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Number of Cores 2
System Bus 1066 MHz
Cache 3 MB on-chip shared L3 (2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz)
4 MB on-chip shared L3 (2.7 GHz)

Storage & Media

Storage 500 GB HDD
750 GB HDD
256 GB SSD
Media None – USB Macbook Air SuperDrive (Optional)


Built-in Memory 2 GB
4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB (Apple)
16 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots 2 – PC3-10600 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM 1333 MHz
Interleaving Support Yes


Built-in Display None


Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
Graphics Memory 288 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory* (Intel HD Graphics 3000)
256 MB GDDR5 SDRAM (AMD Radeon HD 6630M)
Display Connection 1 – HDMI or Thunderbolt
Display Mode Dual display extended, video mirroring, and AirPlay Mirroring
Display Support The model with Intel graphics supports one Thunderbolt display.
The model with AMD graphics supports up to two Thunderbolt displays.
External Resolution Up to 1920 x 1080 pixels (HDMI)
Up to 2560 x 1600 pixels (Thunderbolt)
*Memory may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 288 MB.


Expansion Slots 1 – Secure Digital (SDXC)
Hard Drive Interface 6 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)


Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45 – support for jumbo frames)
Modem None
Wi-Fi 802.11n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
USB 4 – 480 Mbps
FireWire 1 – 800 Mbps
Thunderbolt 1 – Thunderbolt 1 (Up to 10 Gbps)
Infrared 1 – For Apple Remote only
Audio In 1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical input jack
Audio Out 1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack
1 – Built-in speaker
Display 1 – HDMI or Thunderbolt


Peripherals None


Original OS Mac OS X 10.7
Later OS Mac OS X 10.7.2
Mac OS X 10.7.3
OS X 10.8
Maximum OS macOS 10.13.6
Firmware Intel Extensible Firmware Interface
AirDrop Supported
Bundled Software Mac OS X 10.7
iLife ’11 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand)


Backup Battery 3 V CR2032 Lithium
Maximum Continuous Power 85 W
Line Voltage 100 – 240 V AC

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