Hardware quick-fire questions
Can I upgrade the memory in my Mac mini (Late 2014)?
Sadly not. There are no memory slots, and the modules fitted in your mini are soldered in. Even if you could find someone to try to desolder those chips, the maximum memory that model supports is 16GB, unless Apple was to release a firmware update to support more.
Can I upgrade the SSD in my iMac’s Fusion Drive?
SSDs in Apple’s Fusion Drives are replaceable, but upgrading that part would require the skills of an Apple-trained engineer. It would also require some software surgery afterwards. One solution, using a USB 3 or Thunderbolt drive instead of making internal changes, is detailed in our Apple Skills Project in MF296.
How can I make my mid-2010 MacBook Pro run faster?
Your MacBook Pro is the last model to feature memory slots: increasing memory and replacing the hard disk with an SSD should make the Mac appreciably quicker. Installing two 4GB or even 8GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM modules should cost from £40.
Can I add USB 3 ports to my Mac Pro (Mid 2012)?
Several PCI Express cards offer four USB 3 ports and work in late Mac Pro tower models. Sonnet’s Allegro Pro costs around £130 and is well proven, but cheaper cards from Inateck can cost as little as £30.