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Following in the footsteps of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro brings a retina display to a smaller form factor, while retaining the same design language as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Description

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.

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.

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.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 23, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,699.00

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: $1,799.00
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 12.35 inches
  • Depth: 8.62 inches
  • Thickness: .75 inches
  • Weight: 3.57 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 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: 14.35 inches
  • Depth: 9.82 inches
  • Thickness: .95 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 227

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: 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): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Matte, Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (max)

  • 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(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • 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 i5
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (base)

  • 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 i5-3210M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3615QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (max)

  • 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 i7-3520M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.6 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

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: 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 (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
  • Base RAM size: 8 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
  • 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
  • RAM slots: 2
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 768 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 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), 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

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
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Speakers: 2
  • Subwoofer: Yes
  • Speakers: 2
  • Subwoofer: Yes
  • 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
  • Thunderbolt: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 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 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
  • 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: 74 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 50 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: 77.5 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours and 18 minutes

Benchmarks

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