Certain 2010 MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models join the ’16GB’ MaxRAM club

Do you have a 2010 Mac mini, 13” MacBook or 13” MacBook Pro? Can you benefit from more than 8GB of memory? If you answered yes to both, you will be pleased to know that extensive qualification in our test lab has concluded. These Macs are now OWC MaxRAM Certified for up to 16GB with this OWC 16GB Memory Kit available now and specifically qualified just for these Mac models.

While these systems were originally factory limited to 8GB, the right Apple OS version, current EFI update(s), and correct spec/build memory modules now enable them to support and have the full benefit from up to 16GB of installed memory.  This isn’t the first time something like this happened, however, after the fact enabling such a benefit. A while back, we had a similar instance with the Late 2008 MacBook Pros, wherein having the proper OS version and a particular firmware update allowed you to max your RAM out at 8GB vs. a prior 4GB to 6GB max.

Just like with those Late 2008 MBP models, your Mac needs to meet specific criteria for this to work. In the case of the 2010 Macs, here’s what you must have:

  • a Mac mini (Mid-2010), a MacBook (Mid-2010) or a 13” MacBook Pro (Mid-2010)
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • the latest EFI firmware update for your system
  • the proper specification memory modules

As there is the possibility of confusion here, let’s elaborate on those requirements.

A Mac mini, MacBook, or 13” MacBook Pro from 2010

At this time, 16GB MAXRam Certified Support is being Expanded to now include specifically these three 2010 models:

  • Mac mini (Mid 2010)/Mac mini Server (Mid 2010) – Model ID: Macmini4,1
  • MacBook (Mid 2010) – ModelID: MacBook7,1
  • 13” MacBook Pro (Mid 2010) – ModelID: MacBookPro7,1

If you are unsure of which model you have, these instructions will show you how to quickly find out. If your Model ID matches one of those listed above, it is among those now newly supported for the 16GB Max. Using our complete online memory guide, you may also review and quickly determine the available memory options for nearly any Mac model.

OS X 10.7.5 or later

The OS plays a part in how memory is supported and in this case OS 10.7.5 ‘Lion’ or later (including 10.8.x ‘Mountain Lion) is a requirement for upgrading beyond the original 8GB factory maximum.

Latest EFI Update for your machine

Occasionally, Apple will release an update to a machine’s EFI firmware to resolve hardware-level issues. These are Apple recommended updates which include documented additions and/or improvements for your Mac that also have the occasional undocumented benefit as well. As some EFI updates are required for OS Version or application compatibility, we recommend keeping these up to date regardless of whether or not you intend to upgrade to 16GB. These updates come down via Apple Software Update just like other OS updates.

In most cases, if no EFI updater shows up in Software Update, you’ve probably got the latest version already installed. If you want to be extra sure, you can always check Apple’s listing of latest EFI updates to see if yours matches.

The proper modules

Finally, no different than any size upgrade for your Mac, you need to get the right spec memory for your model. Our OWC MaxRAM certified memory upgrades are available in both single 8GB modules and in 16GB matched pairs that are guaranteed correct for the job and lifetime warranty backed.

More memory can really make the difference enabling applications to operate more efficiently and to better utilize the processing horsepower your Mac has always had. Upgrading memory also happens to be one of the easiest and best bang for the buck upgrades you can do today too. It’s a great option to have and great to see up to 16GB support expand to now include these additional Mac models.

A special call out to Paolo D. for his feedback and reporting that put the spotlight back on these Mac models – Thank you!