It is technically possible to upgrade RAM and storage on an Apple M1 Mac mini – but there are several reasons why it is a terrible idea.
The M1 is Apple’s first Apple Silicon chip for Mac. Although it has significant advantages in speed and performance, it can also be upgraded much less with integrated memory and storage.
Although the new Macs are less upgradeable, it is still theoretically possible to replace some of the components on the chip. It appears from Chinese maintenance engineers who successfully expanded the RAM and SSD capacity of an Apple M1 chip.
Chinese maintenance engineers can already expand the capacity of the Apple M1. 8 GB of memory is expanded to 16 GB, and 256 GB hard disk is expanded to 1 TB. pic.twitter.com/2Fyf8AZfJR
– DuanRui (@ duanrui1205) April 4, 2021
The engineers reportedly completed the feat using a soldering station to install DRAM memory chips and NAND flash memory chips. While the process involved soldering existing chips and adding the new components, it apparently does not require any firmware modifications.
The exact details of the upgrade are scarce, but roughly translated Chinese text in the post shows the apparent success and claims that “victory belongs to those who adapt.”
Of course, just because some engineers managed to pull it off, does not mean you should try it at home.
First, it is almost impossible to buy the DRAM and NAND chips you need for this consumer-level procedure. You also have to shell out money for a soldering station. And all of this assumes that you or someone you know has the ability to do so.
More importantly, any modifications of this kind will immediately invalidate the warranty. It becomes more of a problem when you consider that soldering and soldering of the DRAM and NAND chips requires good skill, precision and patience.
Make any mistakes here and you will end up with a dead Mac and no way to get it fixed. Because of this, we will warn against all kinds of modifications like this, unless you are willing to waste your money.
Due to the speed and performance benefits of the M1, it is much more advisable just to upgrade RAM and SSD space at the time of purchase. It’s an investment, and probably a wise investment.