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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" Retina 2012 Specs

Identifiers: Retina Mid-2012 - MC975LL/A - MacBookPro10,1 - A1398 - 2512

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Apple MacBook Pro Retina Mid-2012Heralded 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 2880x1800 (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.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the Retina Display-equipped "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro models?
  • What are all the differences between the Retina Display "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro models and the regular "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro models?

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June 11, 2012 February 13, 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.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
1 (4 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
10790 11980
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 MacBookPro10,1 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.
2705 10338
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 MacBookPro10,1 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.
2986 11512
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 MacBookPro10,1 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.
2.3 GHz 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?
3.3 GHz 2.7 GHz (Core i7)
Details: Starting on August 2, 2012, Apple added the ability to custom configure this model with a 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3820QM) for an extra US$350. This custom processor has an 8 MB level 3 cache and supports "Turbo Boost 2.0" up to 3.7 GHz as well as "Hyper Threading" with eight 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 Retina Display-equipped "Mid-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* 2.3 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 x4 256k x 4, 6 MB*
Details: *Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 6 MB of shared level 3 cache.
DDR3L SDRAM* 1600 MHz
Details: Ships standard with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard.
8 GB 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.
8 GB* None
Details: *There are no RAM slots. 8 GB of RAM is onboard. It could be upgraded to 16 GB at the time of purchase as a US$200 option, but it cannot be upgraded subsequently.
GeForce GT 650M* 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?
1 GB* 1 GB*
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system.

Also see: How fast is the graphics performance of the "Mid-2012" 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro models compared to the models replaced?
15.4" Widescreen 2880x1800
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?

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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?
256 GB SSD 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.

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None* None
Details: *This MacBook Pro does not have an internal optical drive. Site sponsor PowerMax offers the external Apple USB SuperDrive 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.

Site sponsor Other World Computing also has a variety of compact external optical drive options that may be of interest, including some with Blu-ray capability.

Also see: What are the full 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 was 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)."

The glass multi-touch trackpad supports "inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities".
Notebook 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.
MC975LL/A Retina Mid-2012
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1398 (EMC 2512) 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.
95 W h Li-Poly 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?
X 10.7.4 (11E2068) Current
Details: This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" as well as the current version of OS X 10.10 "Yosemite".

Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X Yosemite (10.10)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
7 (32-Bit)* 8 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit of Windows 7 on this model. Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions 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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0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (1.8 cm, 35.89 cm, 24.71 cm).
US$2199 US$1700-US$1900
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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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
1 (Internal) 1
Details: Dual internal microphones. Has a single "headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)" port. Supports Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone.
1 1
Details: Has a single "audio in/out" port.
None None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 85W "MagSafe 2" power adapter.



Global original prices for the MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" 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$2229 US$2199

Original Prices - Europe

€2279 €2299
DKK 17,599 €2349
€2279 €2279
€2349 €2299
€2279 NOK 17.990
€2349 €2279
SEK 21.495 CHF 2'449
£1799

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 16,488 HK$16,888
¥184,800 S$2,988
NT$69,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$2499 NZ$3499


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