Heralded as the “most advanced Mac ever built,” the officially dubbed “MacBook Pro with Retina Display” models combine a beautiful high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen 2880×1800 (220 ppi) “retina” display with a thin, sleek case design that weighs a bit less than 4.5 pounds (2.02 kg). Curiously, these systems are not branded on the display bezel like earlier MacBook Pro models.
Somewhat controversially, the Retina Display models also are an essentially “sealed” design with RAM that is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded after purchase, storage that is not intended to be upgraded after purchase, and a battery that cannot be replaced readily even by technical users or third-parties, either.
This particular model — the MacBook Pro “Core i7” 2.3 15-Inch (Mid-2012 Retina Display) features a 22 nm “Ivy Bridge” 2.3 GHz Intel “Core i7” processor (3615QM), with four independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (which cannot be upgraded after purchase), 256 GB of flash storage, dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, as well as an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam. It does not have an internal optical drive.
Connectivity includes 3-stream AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, two “Thunderbolt” ports, an HDMI port, an audio in/out port, and an SDXC card slot. It does not have Gigabit Ethernet or Firewire “800,” although adapters are available at extra cost.
In addition, this model has a backlit keyboard, a “no button” glass “inertial” multi-touch trackpad, a “MagSafe 2” power adapter, and an internal, sealed battery that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.
Introduction Date: June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date: February 13, 2013
Processors: 1 (4 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): 10790 Geekbench 2 (64): 11980
Geekbench 3 (32): 2705 Geekbench 3 (32): 10338
Geekbench 3 (64): 2986 Geekbench 3 (64): 11512
Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz Processor Type: Core i7 (I7-3615QM)
Details: This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 “Ivy Bridge” (I7-3615QM) processor which includes four independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 6 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” — which “automatically increases the speed of the active cores” to improve performance when needed (up to 3.3 GHz for this model) — and “Hyper Threading” — which allows the system to recognize eight total “cores” or “threads” (four real and four virtual).
Also see: How fast are the “Mid-2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the “regular” Mid-2012 MacBook Pro and the models replaced?
Turbo Boost: 3.3 GHz Custom Speeds: 2.7 GHz (Core i7)
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 5 GT/s* Cache Bus Speed: 2.3 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k x4 L2/L3 Cache: 256k x 4, 6 MB*
RAM Type: DDR3L SDRAM* Min. RAM Speed: 1600 MHz
Details: Ships standard with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard.
Standard RAM: 8 GB Maximum RAM: 16 GB*
Details: *8 GB of RAM is onboard. It originally could be upgraded at the time of purchase to 16 GB as a US$200 option, but it cannot be upgraded subsequently.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: 8 GB* RAM Slots: None
Video Card: GeForce GT 650M* VRAM Type: GDDR5
Details: *This system has dual graphics processors — a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with memory shared with the system. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
Also see: Is there a “hack” to switch between graphics processors on the Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro models manually?
Standard VRAM: 1 GB* Maximum VRAM: 1 GB*
Built-in Display: 15.4″ Widescreen Native Resolution: 2880×1800
Details: This model has a 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2880 by 1800 native resolution at 220 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It also supports scaled resolutions of 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640.
Also see: How can you “force” or “hack” the Retina Display MacBook Pro models to run at the native resolution or otherwise fit more on screen than by default?
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring* 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560×1600 (x2*)
Details: *This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560×1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920×1200 via HDMI. Although it can theoretically power all three external displays, as confirmed by a helpful reader, it runs too hot with three displays connected.
Also see: How many external displays can the Retina Display MacBook Pro models support? What is the maximum supported resolution of each? Are adapters required?
Standard Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD Int. HD Interface: Proprietary* (6 Gb/s)
Details: This model has 256 GB of flash storage rather than a hard drive. As originally introduced on June 11, 2012, Apple did not even offer a larger capacity storage option via custom configuration. However, starting on August 2, 2012, Apple added the option of 512 GB or 768 GB of storage for an additional US$500 or US$1000, respectively.
Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the SSD after purchase, however it is quite possible.
*As first discovered by site sponsor OWC, the “Mid-2012” Retina Display-equipped line uses a different connector than previous models.
Also see: How do you upgrade or replace the storage in the Retina Display-equipped “Mid-2012” MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
Standard Optical: None* Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: None*
Details: *This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter was offered for US$29.
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n (3-Stream) Standard Bluetooth: 4.0
USB Ports: 2 (3.0) Firewire Ports: None
Expansion Slots: SDXC Card Slot Expansion Bays: None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and accessories, including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Pro.
In Ireland, site sponsor SmartSpot sells a number of external expansion options and accessories like cases, cables, SD cards, speakers, and more for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Pro.
Also see: Which SD Card storage solution is best for the Retina Display MacBook Pro? Which models are compatible? Is this type of storage safe?
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (Inertial)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook Pro (Retina)
Apple Order No: MC975LL/A Apple Subfamily: Retina Mid-2012
Apple Model No: A1398 (EMC 2512) Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1398 Model Number, the 2512 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 95 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 7 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a “95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery” that provides “up to 7 hours of wireless web” use. It cannot be upgraded by an end-user.
Also see: How do you replace the battery in the Retina Display-equipped “Mid-2012” MacBook Pro? Is it even possible?
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.7.4 (11E2068) Maximum MacOS: Current
Minimum Windows: 7 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 10 (64-Bit)*
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions: 0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73 Avg. Weight: 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Original Price (US): US$2199 Est. Current Retail: US$1200-US$1400
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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