Mac mini (Late 2009) - Technical Specifications

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Size and weight

2 inches (5.08 cm)
6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
2.9 pounds (1.31 kg)1


Processor and memory

  • 2.26GHz, 2.53GHz, or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
  • 1066MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) or 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB

In the box

  • Mac mini
  • Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter
  • 110W power adapter and power cord
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Environmental Status Report

Mac mini is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free2
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and polycarbonate enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold

Acoustic Performance

DECLARED NOISE EMISSIONS in accordance with ISO 9296

  Sound Power Level
LWAd (B)
1 B = 10 dB
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
LpAm (dB)
2.26 GHz 2.53 GHz 2.26 GHz 2.53 GHz
Idle 2.8 3.0 10 13
Hard drive accessing 2.7 3.1 10 13
CD drive accessing 3.4 3.5 20 21
  1. LWAd is the statistical upper-limit A-weighted sound power level (rounded to the nearest 0.1 B).
  2. LpAm is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel).

Peripheral connections

  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)

Graphics and video support

  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
  • Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
  • Mini-DVI port
  • DVI output using Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter (included)
  • VGA output using Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
  • Mini DisplayPort output


  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking4; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)


  • Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
  • Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
  • Built-in speaker


  • 160GB, 320GB, or 500GB Serial ATA hard disk drive5
  • Slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW): Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-120V AC
    (applies to U.S., Japan, and South America only)
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 110W
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet

Included software

  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife ’09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

You can also have the following software preinstalled, only at the Apple Online Store:

  • iWork ’09
  • Final Cut Express
  • Aperture
  • Logic Express
  • FileMaker


  2.26GHz Mac mini 2.53GHz Mac mini
Processor 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
L2 cache 3MB shared
System bus 1066MHz
Memory 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB
Hard drive 160GB Serial ATA5; 5400 rpm 320GB Serial ATA5; 5400 rpm
Optical drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
Ports One FireWire 800 port (8 watts); five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps); mini-DVI output; VGA output (using optional adapter); Mini DisplayPort
Audio Built-in speaker, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out
Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Wireless Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi4; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Limited warranty and service Your Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.



Configure to Order

  • 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 320GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • Up to 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Apple LED Cinema Display
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Apple Keyboard
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Magic Mouse
  • Apple Mouse
  • Apple Remote
  • iWork ’09
  • Aperture
  • Final Cut Express
  • Logic Express


  • 110W Mac mini Power Adapter
  • AirPort Express Base Station
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station
  • Apple Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. PVC-free external cables in North America only.
  3. Memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256MB.
  4. Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort.
  5. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
Published Date: Apr 6, 2016