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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Retina 2012 Specs

Identifiers: Retina Late 2012 - MD212LL/A* - MacBookPro10,2 - A1425 - 2557

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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-Inch Late 2012Following in the footsteps of the 15-Inch "MacBook Pro with Retina Display" models, the 13-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro line packs a beautiful high-resolution LED-backlit 13.3" widescreen 2560x1600 (227 ppi) "retina" display in a case that weighs just a bit more than 3.5 pounds (1.62 kg).

Unfortunately, also like the 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, the 13-Inch models use an essentially "sealed" design with RAM that is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded after purchase (and can not be upgraded even at the time of purchase), storage that is not intended to be upgraded after purchase, and a battery that is not intended to be replaced by end-users, either.

This specific model -- the MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13-Inch (Late 2012 Retina Display) features a 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" 2.5 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (3210M), with dual independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (which cannot be upgraded at all), 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage standard (128 GB only starting February 13, 2013), an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system, 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.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the 13-Inch "Late 2012" Retina Display MacBook Pro models?
  • What are all the differences between the 13-Inch "Late 2012" Retina Display MacBook Pro models and the regular 13-Inch "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro and MacBook Air?

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October 23, 2012 October 22, 2013*
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*On February 13, 2013, Apple lowered the price of the entry-level MD212LL/A configuration with a 128 GB SSD to US$1499 and discontinued the higher-end MD213LL/A configuration with a 256 GB SSD (although the entry level model still could be custom configured with a 256 GB SSD for an additional US$200). This model was discontinued entirely on October 22, 2013.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
6624 7210
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
2488 5045
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
2747 5654
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
2.5 GHz Core i5 (I5-3210M)
Details: This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 "Ivy Bridge" (I5-3210M) processor which includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 3 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 3.1 GHz for this model) -- and "Hyper Threading" -- which allows the system to recognize four total "cores" or "threads" (two real and two virtual).

Also see: How fast are the 13-Inch Retina Display "Late 2012" MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, 13-Inch non-Retina Display MacBook Pro, and 13-Inch MacBook Air "Mid-2012" models?
3.1 GHz 2.9 GHz (Core i7)
Details: This model also could be custom configured with a 2.9 GHz Core i7 (I7-3520M) for an extra US$200. This custom processor has a 4 MB level 3 cache and supports "Turbo Boost 2.0" up to 3.6 GHz as well as "Hyper Threading" with four virtual cores or "threads."

As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented this custom configuration as its own model.

Also see: How much faster is the 13-Inch Retina Display "Late 2012" MacBook Pro custom configured with a faster processor than the stock models? Is the extra performance worth the extra cost?
Soldered Integrated
Details: Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro models?
5 GT/s* 2.5 GHz (Built-in)
Details: *This system has a "Direct Media Interface" (DMI) that "connects between the processor and chipset" in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k x2 256k x2, 3 MB*
Details: *Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 3 MB of shared level 3 cache.
DDR3L SDRAM* 1600 MHz
Details: *Ships standard with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard.
8 GB* 8 GB*
Details: *8 GB of RAM is onboard. RAM cannot be upgraded later.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
8 GB* None
Details: *There are no RAM slots. 8 GB of RAM is onboard. It cannot be upgraded.
HD Graphics 4000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
768 MB* 768 MB*
Details: *Apple and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, OS X reports 768 MB of RAM is used for video.
13.3" Widescreen 2560x1600
Details: This model has a 13.3" color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2560 by 1600 native resolution at 227 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It also supports scaled resolutions of 1680 by 1050, 1440 by 900, 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?
Dual/Mirroring* 2560x1600 (x2*)
Details: *This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560x1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560x1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920x1200 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?
128 GB, 256 GB SSD Proprietary* (6 Gb/s)
Details: This model has 128 GB (MD212LL/A) or 256 GB (MD213LL/A) of flash storage rather than a hard drive. Originally, the MD212LL/A configuration also could be equipped with 256 GB, 512 GB, or 768 GB of flash storage for an extra US$300, US$800, or US$1300, respectively. On February 13, 2013, Apple lowered the prices of these three SSD options to US$200, US$500, and US$900, respectively. The MD213LL/A configuration, which was discontinued February 13, 2013, originally could be equipped, again, at the time of purchase, with 512 GB or 768 GB of flash storage for an extra US$500 or US$1000.

*Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the SSD after purchase, but it is quite possible. Site sponsor OWC has determined that their SSD for the 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro also will work in the 13-Inch Retina Display models and a 2.5" SSD that is 7 mm in height or smaller may work if equipped with a custom cable, too.

Also see: How do you upgrade or replace the storage in the 13-Inch Retina Display "Late 2012" MacBook Pro models? Is it the same storage and process as the 15-Inch Retina Display "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro? Is it possible?

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None* None
Details: *This MacBook Pro does not have an internal optical drive. An external Apple USB SuperDrive is offered for US$79. It writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL at 4X, DVD-R and DVD+R at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X, DVD+RW at 8X, reads DVD at 8X, writes CD-R at 24X, writes CD-RW at 16X, and reads CD at 24X.

Also see: What are the capabilities of the external SuperDrive available for this MacBook Pro? Can it be used with other Macs?
None None*
Details: *This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is offered for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n (3-Stream) 4.0
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.

Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
2 (3.0) None
Details: Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps). It does not have a Firewire port although an Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter is available.
SDXC Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Details: Apple reports that the backlit integrated keyboard has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement) with ambient light sensor."

The glass multi-touch trackpad supports "inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities".
Notebook 13" MacBook Pro (Retina)
Details: This MacBook Pro uses a thin black and silver "unibody" case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a "catchless" magnetic latch.
MD212LL/A* Retina Late 2012
Details: *MD212LL/A refers to the configuration with 128 GB of flash storage and MD213LL/A refers to the configuration with 256 GB of flash storage. The MD213LL/A standard configuration was discontinued February 13, 2013.
A1425 (EMC 2557) MacBookPro10,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1425 Model Number, the 2557 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,2 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
74 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a "74-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 13-Inch Retina Display "Late 2012" MacBook Pro? Is it more or less difficult than the 15-Inch Retina Display "Mid-2012" models? Is it possible?
X 10.8.2 (12C2034) Current
Details: This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," including the "Power Nap" feature.
7 (64-Bit)* 8 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 5 formally supports the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
None Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
0.75 x 12.35 x 8.62 3.57 lbs (1.62 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (1.9 cm, 31.4 cm, 21.9 cm).
US$1699, US$1999 US$1000-US$1350
Details: This model originally sold with either 128 GB of flash storage (MD212LL/A) for US$1699 or 256 GB of flash storage (MD213LL/A) for US$1999. On February 13, 2013, Apple lowered the price of the entry-level MD212LL/A to US$1499 and discontinued the MD213LL/A configuration.

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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2 (Thunderbolt), 1 (HDMI) None
Details: Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.

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?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (3.0) None
Details: Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps). It does not have a Firewire port although an Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter is available.
None None*
Details: No internal modem or Ethernet, although an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available. AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth 4.0 are standard.
None None
Details: N/A
2 (Internal) 1
Details: Dual internal microphones on the left hand side of the notebook. Has a single "headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)" port. Supports Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone.
1 1
Details: Has a single "headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)" port.
None None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 60W "MagSafe 2" power adapter.



Global original prices for the MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Retina 2012 in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$1699, C$1999 US$1699, US$1999

Original Prices - Europe

€1749, €2049 €1779, €2079
DKK 13,699, 15,999 €1799, €2129
€1749, €2049 €1749, €2049
€1799, €2129 €1779, €2079
€1779, €2079 NOK 13.990, 16.490
€1799, €2129 €1779, €2079
SEK 16.495, 19.495 CHF 1'929, 2'279
£1449, £1699

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 12,488, 14,988 HK$12,988, HK$15,488
¥144,800, ¥168,800 S$2,388, S$2,788
NT$53,900, NT$63,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$1899, A$2199 NZ$2699, NZ$3199


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