You can cost-effectively upgrade a number of components in the Mac Mini Mid 2011.
- Memory: If your Mac Mini is still running with only the stock RAM, upgrading will provide a dramatic performance boost at minimal cost. Upgrading to the maximum of 16 GB (two 8 GB modules) is simple and provides unmatched performance.
- Hard Drive: A 500 GB hard drive came standard with the Mid 2011 Mac Mini. You can upgrade the drive up to 2 TB to expand your storage.
A year after its release, the A1347 Mac Mini was updated to include a Thunderbolt port, Core i5 or i7 processors, and no optical drive. Apple promised "2x faster everything" for this Mac Mini.
This model can be differentiated from its predecessor by the lack of an optical drive opening in the front of the device and by the Thunderbolt port on the back of the device.