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A minor update to Apple's classic 15-inch MacBook Pro, the mid-2012 version keeps the same unibody form-factor but adds in some spec bumps, including Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors and USB 3.0.

Description

An update to Apple's tried and true 13-inch unibody MacBook Pro, the mid-2012 version keeps the same form-factor but adds in some spec bumps, including Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors and USB 3.0.

Even though it has the same .68-inch thin body as the previous two models, the mid-2012 MacBook Air adds in Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors, two USB 3.0 ports, and the option to double its RAM to 8GB and up its SSD storage capacity to 512GB.

Keeping the same .68-inch thin body as the previous two models, the mid-2012 MacBook Air adds in the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0, and the option to double its RAM and up its SSD storage capacity to 512GB.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,799.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $999.00
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.35 inches
  • Depth: 9.82 inches
  • Thickness: .95 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 12.78 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .95 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 11.8 inches
  • Depth: 7.56 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.38 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Notable apps: OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 11.6 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • Resolution (X): 1680 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1050 px

Display (max)

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3615QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3210M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3427U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.8 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3520M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 650M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 650M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

GPU (max)

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 64 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Optical drive type: Slot-loading
  • Compatible media: DVD/CD-RW combo, DVD+R/W, DVD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, Dual-layer DVD burner

Optical Drive

  • Optical drive type: Slot-loading
  • Compatible media: DVD/CD-RW combo, DVD+R/W, DVD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, Dual-layer DVD burner
  • Speakers: 2
  • Subwoofer: Yes

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Subwoofer: Yes
  • Speakers: 2
  • Speakers: 2
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • FireWire 800: 1
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • FireWire 800: 1
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • Mini DisplayPort: 0.37
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Size: 77.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 63.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 35 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 5 hr

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 10134
  • GeekBench: 5331
  • XBench: 238.19
  • GeekBench: 6736
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 34 minutes
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