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The next-generation iteration of Apple's MacBook Pro takes inspiration from the MacBook Air and iPad, coming in at .71-inches thin and weighing under 4.5-pounds — yet still managing to fit in a 15.4-inch "Retina display" with a 2880x1800 resolution and 220 PPI.

Description

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.

Despite its new quad-core Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor and AMD Radeon graphics, Apple's late 2011 15-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same unibody case as it's predecessor.

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.

The late 2011 13-inch MacBook Pro had the same chassis as the previous model, but boasted new Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors. It also ditched Nvidia graphics for Intel's HD 3000 integrated GPU.

Updated with fresh Sandy Bridge processors and AMD Radeon graphics, the late 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro continues to be a powerful desktop replacement from Apple.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $2,199.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,799.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 24, 2011
  • Price at launch: $1,799.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 24, 2011
  • Price at launch: $1,199.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 24, 2011
  • Price at launch: $2,499.99
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.13 inches
  • Depth: 9.73 inches
  • Thickness: .71 inches
  • Weight: 4.46 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.35 inches
  • Depth: 9.82 inches
  • Thickness: .95 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.35 inches
  • Depth: 9.82 inches
  • Thickness: 0.95 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 12.78 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .95 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 12.78 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: 0.95 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Desktop replacement
  • Width: 15.47 inches
  • Depth: 10.51 inches
  • Thickness: 0.98 inches
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2880 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1800 px
  • PPI: 220

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • 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: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 17 inches
  • Display surface: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1200 px

Display (max)

  • Resolution (X): 1680 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1050 px
  • Resolution (X): 1680 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1050 px
  • 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: 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
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • 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 i7-3615QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2635QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.2 GHz
  • 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: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-2715M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.4 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2720QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.4 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.7 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.4 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3520M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2620M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.8 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 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: 1 GB

GPU (base)

  • 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
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Base discrete GPU brand: AMD
  • Discrete GPU model: Radeon HD 6750M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB
  • 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 3000
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 384 MB
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Base discrete GPU brand: AMD
  • Discrete GPU model: Radeon HD 6770M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

GPU (max)

  • 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
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Discrete GPU brand: AMD
  • Discrete GPU model: Radeon 6770M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 16 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

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: 1333 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • 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: 1333 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 256 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 768 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • 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
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 750 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • 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
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 750 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 750 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 750 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB

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

Audio

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

Webcam

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

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • 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
  • USB: 2
  • FireWire 800: 1
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1
  • 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: 2
  • FireWire 800: 1
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB: 3
  • FireWire 800: 1
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1
  • Card slot(s): ExpressCard/34
  • 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: 2.1 + EDR
  • 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: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Size: 95 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 77.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 77.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 63.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 63.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 95 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • GeekBench: 13014

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 10134
  • GeekBench: 5331
  • XBench: 238.19
  • PCMarkVantage: 10134
  • GeekBench: 5331
  • XBench: 238.19
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