Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.9 13" Mid-2012 Specs
Identifiers: Mid-2012 13" - MD102LL/A - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*
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The MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.9 13-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" 2.9 GHz Intel "Core i7" processor (3520M), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL "SuperDrive", an "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam, and an LED-backlit 13.3" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1280x800 native resolution).
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire "800" port, two USB 3.0 ports, a "Thunderbolt" port, audio in/out, and an SDXC card slot.
This model uses a "Unibody" aluminum case design -- milled from a single piece of aluminum -- and has a backlit keyboard, a "no button" glass "inertial" multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.
Compared to its predecessor
, this model essentially is identical externally with the exception of the aforementioned USB 3.0 ports. Internally, however, it has a faster processor, architecture, graphics, and RAM.
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||June 11, 2012
||October 22, 2013*
||1 (2 Cores)
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||Core i7 (I7-3520M)
||This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" (I7-3520M) processor which includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 4 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 3.6 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 "Mid-2012" 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
|System Bus Speed:
||Cache Bus Speed:
||2.9 GHz (Built-in)
||256k x2, 4 MB
||Min. RAM Speed:
||Supports 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
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||HD Graphics 4000
||This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the "Unibody" MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have "dedicated" and "integrated" video memory?
||13.3" color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution.
Apple reports that this system also supports "1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched."
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|2nd Display Support:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
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||750 GB HDD
||Std. Storage Speed:
||By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$100. It also can be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$100, US$400, or US$900, respectively.
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||2.5" (9.5 mm)
||Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
||8X DL "SuperDrive"
||802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*)
||SDXC Card Slot
||This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
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|Apple Order No:
|Apple Model No:
||A1278 (EMC 2554*)
||*Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.
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||63.5 W h Li-Poly
||X 10.7.3 (11D2515)
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||0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94
||4.5 lbs (2.06 kg)
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