Mac mini (2.6GHz Intel Core i7, Late 2012)

The Mac mini (2.6GHz Intel Core i7, Late 2012) is the build-to-order iteration of the Mac mini (2.5GHz Intel Core i5, Late 2012) but with a faster top-class Intel processor. The design is the same: it is a cuboid aluminum casing with an internal power unit, a Thunderbolt port, a removable panel on the bottom to provide an access to upgradeable RAM and no internal optical drive. The line-up of late 2012 got the faster and more elaborate Intel Ivy Bridge processor and up-to-date USB 3.0 ports. The Mac mini (2.6GHz Intel Core i7, Late 2012) features a top-class quad-core 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 (3720QM) processor, 4GB of RAM (PC2-10600), a 1 TB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM) and Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics with 512MB of integrated memory. The net top has an HDMI video out and a Thunderbolt port, four USB 3.0 ports and one Firewire 800 port, a built-in mono-speaker, an audio-out mini-jack and an audio line-in/digital audio input. As for the wireless, the Mac mini (2.6GHz Intel Core i7, Late 2012) has standard AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini (2.6GHz Intel Core i7, Late 2012) is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse.

Mac mini (2.6GHz Intel Core i7, Late 2012)

  • Introduced on October 23, 2012.


  • Processor Speed: 2.6 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
  • Processor type: Intel Core i7 (I7-3720QM M “Ivy Bridge”).
  • Cores: 4.
  • On-Board RAM: DDR3 4 GB, 1600 MHz.
  • Max. RAM supported: DDR2 16 GB.
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 6630M with 256 MB of integrated memory.
  • Dual display support: Yes.
  • Resolution Support: 2560 x 1600.
  • Storage: 1 TB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 750 GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive Supported.
  • SSD support: Yes.
  • Input\Output: 4 x USB 3.0, Firewire 800, SD card reader, built-in mono-speaker, audio-out mini-jack, audio line-in/digital audio input, HDMI and Thunderbolt.
  • Optical drive: optional external optical drive for an extra cost.
  • SD-card reader: Yes.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, optional 56k V.92 modem, AirPort Extreme Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/ n, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Preinstalled OS: X 10.8.1 (12B2080) “Mountain Lion”.
  • OS max. upgrade: 10.11.x “El Capitan” (requires 2 GB).
  • Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 2.7 lb.
  • Support: The Mac mini comes with 90 days of technical support and one year of hardware repair warranty coverage at an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1347 (EMC 2570).

Apple Order number: BTO \ CTO.

Discontinued: October 16, 2014.

Price: $799.

Help with Mac Mini

You can often find answers to your questions, as well as instructions and troubleshooting information, in Help Center. Click the Finder icon, click Help in the menu bar, and choose Help Center. You can also use Safari to get online help.

OS X Utilities: If you have a problem with your Mac mini, OS X Utilities can help you restore your software and data from a Time Machine backup or reinstall OS X and Apple applications. If your device detects a problem, it opens OS X Utilities automatically. Or you can open it manually.

Some Utilities

Safari is the best way to surf the web on your Mac mini. Start by typing a search term or web address in the Smart Search field—it knows the difference and will send you to the right place. You can save pages to your Reading List to read later, and check out Shared Links for pages posted by people you follow on Twitter, LinkedIn and so on. And Safari works with iCloud to keep your bookmarks, Reading List, and website passwords up to date across all your devices.

Mail lets you manage all your email accounts from a single, ad-free inbox, even when you’re not connected to the Internet. It works with popular email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail. You can also use Mail for the free email account you get with iCloud. The first time you open Mail, Setup Assistant helps you get started.

Calendar helps you to keep track of your busy schedul. You can create separate calendars – one for home, another for school, and a third for work. You can see all your calendars in a single window, or choose to see just the ones you want. Create and send invitations, then see who has responded. You can add a location to an event, and Calendar will include a map, calculate travel time, and even display the weather forecast. Use iCloud to automatically update calendars on all your devices or share calendars with other iCloud users.

Maps allow you to explore new destinations and get directions on your Mac mini. You can view locations using standard or satellite imagery, or use Flyover to soar through select cities in photorealistic 3D. You can also look up information for local points of interest like restaurants and hotels. Maps shows you phone numbers, photos, and even Yelp reviews. Once you find your destination, Maps provides point-to-point directions that you can send to your iPhone for turn-by-turn voice navigation.

iBooks is a novel way to download and read books. This feature includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics. Just click a book to open it. Flip through pages with a swipe or a click. It’s easy to add notes and bookmarks, and even highlight passages. Books purchased from the iBooks Store are available on your Mac mini and iOS devices.

iTunes for Mac makes it easy to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, and more. iTunes includes the iTunes Store, where you can find new favorites and download them with a click. In addition, iTunes includes iTunes Radio, a new way to discover music.

iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand give users amazing ways to create and share your photos, movies, and music. iPhoto helps you organize your library by Faces, Places, and Events, and create gorgeous photo books, cards, and calendars. iMovie lets you turn your home videos into epic movie trailers. And GarageBand has everything you need to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song.

Pages, Numbers and Keynote: You can create stunning documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on your Mac mini. Beautiful templates give a great head start – add your own words and photos. And customizing everything is a snap with the new context-sensitive Format Panel. You can even open and edit Microsoft Office files. And you can quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail or Messages, right from your toolbar.

Mac App Store: The Mac App Store is the best way to find and download apps for your Mac, from games and social networking to productivity apps and more. In one step, new apps install and appear in Launchpad. You can install apps on every Mac authorized for your personal use and even download them again. The Mac App Store lets you know when app and OS X updates are available, and can even update your apps automatically. Open the Mac App Store by clicking its icon in the Dock.


  • This is quite a thrift upgrade, only the processor has been replaced with a faster model.
  • Mac mini can be used as an internet router.


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Apple Mac Mini Late 2012 Core i7 2.6GHz 16GB RAM Upgrade & Benchmark. Video published by Geekanoids on November 13, 2012.


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