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It is important to take note that the “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro models are no longer available. This is why we updated this Q&A to become useful for buyers and sellers who want to explore notebooks on the used market.

 

Most of the 15-Inch “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro versions such as the MacBook Pro “Core i7” 2.6 15” (Retina) and “Core i7” 2.3 15,” and also the custom-configured MacBook Pro “Core i7” 2.7 15” (Retina) are almost the same in many levels that they only differ with default storage and processor speed.

 

But, these little differences, together with their similar attributes, are still worth-checking if you really are determining which version is suitable for your needs.

MacBook Pro “Core i5” 2.5 13-Inch, Mid 2012 (Photo Credit: https://mobileplusworldwide.com)

External Similarities

Majority of the “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro versions have a similar “sealed” wafer-thin aluminum and a glass-like design. Compared to the MacBook Air series which were tapered from back to front, it is noticeable that the Retina Display models are all 0.71-inch thick, 14.13-inch wide, 9.73-inch deep when not open, and 4.5 kg heavy.

 

Furthermore, each variant comes with a high-resolution “Retina” display LED-backlit 15.4” widescreen 2880×1800 (220 ppi) visuals which can take your experience to a whole new level. Just like some of the other models, the words “MacBook Pro” are not found in their display bezel. This made some question the originality of the series. Besides this, every unit also features a more efficient and flatter, full-size “chiclet-style” backlit keyboard; a “no button” made of glass trackpad that supports “inertial scrolling;” a set of integrated speakers; and as well as a high-end 720p FaceTime HD webcam.

 

None of the models include a built-in optical drive, but it is possible to purchase an external one.

 

Connectivity Services

All models share uniform connectivity such as the Bluetooth 4.0, 3-stream 802.11 a/b/g/n, two “Thunderbolt” ports, an audio port, an HDMI port, a thinner “MagSafe 2” power connector port, and an SDXC card slot.

 

Networking using these series may be complicated because they do not have a Gigabit Ethernet or Firewire “800” by default. However, Apple provides adapters at an extra cost if you plan to get them for your unit.

 

Identification Differences

In terms of internal aspects, these systems are almost similar because they utilize the “Ivy Bridge” architecture, a processor designed to enhance graphical performance and computing, with quad-core Intel “Core i7” processors that are soldered into place. This means that the models cannot be upgraded even after the initial purchase. Apart from the 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard, they are also equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB dedicated GDDR5 memory that is shared across all the systems.

 

Just like their processor, Apple doesn’t suggest upgrading their flash storage; but, the website OWC discovered that with its removable module, it is possible.

 

The units have 7-hour of runtime with their built-in 95 watt-hours lithium-polymer battery through Apple tests; however, this may still vary depending upon their use. Unfortunately, it is going to be a challenge replacing their internal battery because it is glued in a single place. If necessary, there will be a need to replace the whole upper case for it to work, but this too calls for the assistance of a highly-skilled technician.

 

Comparison Chart

The differences of the standard 15-Inch “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook lines lie on their default storage, processor, price, and identifiers. To make it easier to understand, we have summarized them below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Core i7 2.3 Retina

 

 

Core i7 2.6 Retina

 

Processor Speed:

2.3 GHz*

2.6 GHz*

Processor Type:

Core i7 (I7-3615QM)*

Core i7 (I7-3720QM)*

Shared L3 Cache:

6 MB*

6 MB*

Direct Media Interface:

5 GT/s

5 GT/s

Standard RAM:

8 GB

8 GB

Maximum RAM:

16 GB†

16 GB†

Internal Storage:

256 GB††

512 GB

Dedicated Graphics:

NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M

GDDR5 VRAM:

1 GB

1 GB

Display Size:

15.4″ Widescreen

15.4″ Widescreen

Display Resolution:

2880×1800 (220 ppi)

2880×1800 (220 ppi)

Battery Life:

7 Hours

7 Hours

SDXC Card Slot:

Yes

Yes

Dimensions:

0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73

0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73

Weight:

4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)

4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)

EMC Number:

2512

2512

Model Identifier:

MacBookPro10,1

MacBookPro10,1

 

The legend (*) means that as shipped originally, it was only the 2.6 GHz model which could be custom-configured with a 2.7 GHz Core i7 more but only with an extra cost. CINet found out that even the entry-level 2.3 GHz model was open for custom configuration since August 2012. This processor features an 8 MB level 3 cache.

 

The legend (†) means that the models are upgradeable to a maximum of 16 GB RAM, but with an additional cost as well, and only at the time of the purchase. If it is going to be later than that, it will be a struggle already because the RAM is attached in a permanent place and upgrading it will, therefore, become a challenge.

 

The legend (††) means that since August 2012, Apple included another choice of 512 GB or 768 GB of storage for an extra charge even to the entry levels.

 

What is the best model for you?

Many of the “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro versions are the same for most of them have all the important considerations that may satisfy your overall basic computer needs. However, if you are a buyer who gives a significant amount of emphasis on a large, and vibrant display, as well as good performance in compact packaging, but not on internal upgrades nor price, either of the mentioned systems would be perfect for you.

 

Selecting which particular “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro is right for you would just vary depending on what matters most to you – price or performance.

 

If you are very much concerned about the price, but you lean towards a “Mid 2012” Retina Display MacBook Pro, then the traditional and more affordable model of it from the used market, the entry-level MacBook Pro Retina “Core i7” 2.3 15” should work best for you.

 

If performance is an integral factor that matches your activities and needs, the sophisticated MacBook Pro “Core i7” 2.6 15” (Retina) or the custom-configured MacBook Pro “Core i7” 2.7 15” (Retina) is a suitable option for it is known for its higher performance. But, the stock high-end model would only showcase 8% more speed than that of the entry-level. However, this performance boost, which was also a part of storage, would just cost 27% more. That’s the difference.

 

Consequently, if you place so much weight on price and physical size than the display resolution or size and performance, and as well as additional connectivity – a “Mid 2012” MacBook Air would surely be a nice pick. If you lean towards upgrades, performance and “legacy” connectivity such as the Firewire and Gigabit Ethernet, and even an internal optical drive, a traditional “Mid 2012” MacBook Pro would be a better alternative.

 

Sale Options and MacBook Pro Purchase

There are many places you can buy a brand new or used MacBook Pro. But, it would be ideal to purchase from a quality merchant that have years of service in the market. Look for one that also gives sales support. This will provide you the right experience in shopping that can save you both money and time.

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