Apple has released a 2014 model of the iMac, with a stunning new “5K” 27 inch Retina screen. Happily, unlike the previous Retina iMac models, Apple included upgradeable memory in this configuration. It can go to a maximum of 32 GB with four 8 GB DDR3-1600L SODIMMs, accessible through a fold-out hatch on the back of the machine. You can see the inner details of the iMac 5K at iFixit’s teardown page here.
CanadaRAM offers memory for the 5K iMac machine here in 8, 16 and 32 GB kits from DMS Certified, Kingston, Crucial and other brands.
Sadly, the 2014 Mac Mini, which received a refresh at the same time, has soldered in RAM which is not upgradeable, it can only be ordered with 8 Gb or 16 GB from the factory (4GB, 8 GB or 16 GB on the entry level model) The stock hard drive is a 5400 RPM model, which makes the 1 TB Fusion Drive (1TB hard drive plus a small SSD drive) or SSD options pretty much mandatory if you are looking to put the Mini into any high performance application. Between the 16 GB option and the higher performance drive option, the Mini’s previously low price balloons to well over CAN$1,100.
The entry level Mini with a small 1.4 GHz processor is strictly for budget use with non-demanding applications; like the entry level iMac introduced earlier, the machine uses a low-power CPU (the weakest processor released by Apple in some time) and is aimed at schools and students with a minimal budget.