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Apple MacBook "Core M" 1.3 12" 2015 Specs

MacBook - BTO/CTO - MacBook8,1 - A1534

About This Mac

This device is a BTO/CTO device which is nearly identical to MF855LL/A and MF865LL/A. We have listed this device separately as it has been configured with an upgraded processor when compared to the base models. This has been done to make it easier to catalog as well as easier to read.

The dawn of 2015 saw the re-establishment of the MacBook Family. The MacBook had been fully redesigned and bore only resemblance in name to the last one produced in 2010 and discontinued in 2012. With a lot of focus of not only powerful internal capacity but lighter and thinner models, the MacBook 12 Inch computer with a 1.3 GHz Intel Core M processor (M-5Y71) was and still is a device that remains a favorite till today. The connectivity options for external devices to the MacBook had now been cut down drastically to only 2 – USB-C ports as well as a headphone jack.

Storage

The storage was equally revamped with 256/512 GB of PCIe-based flash storage soldered to the Mother Board with no hope of a future upgrade. The storage speed of the hard drive is estimated between 451.7 – 738.2 MB/s.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    This MacBook came with a 12 inch screen that incorporated an incredible upgrade in its native resolution from the previous 1280×820 to 2304×1440 and a new TFT LED-Backlit active-matrix “Retina” display (for millions of colors to be displayed clearly as the pixel density is very high – 226 pixels per inch ensuring that individual pixels are not easily detectable at a normal viewing distance) with IPS technology it also supports other resolutions such as 1440×900, 1280×800 and 1024×640.

      Inclusive Features

      The MacBook includes the following features and ports:

      • Standard AirPort (802.11ac).
      • A Bluetooth 4.0 that provides optimal low energy usage for quick PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers and is also backwards compatible with lower Bluetooth devices.
      • 1 USB-C port for connectivity.
      • 480p FaceTime Webcam.
      • Optical digital audio in/out for connecting some external audio equipment like headphones and microphones.
      • By attaching VGA or HDMI adapters to the single USB-C port you can assess 2nd display support resolution properties of up to 3840×2160.
      • Force Touch TrackPad which lets you Force Click by pressing on the trackpad and then applying more pressure, it is able to differentiate various functions as a result of how much pressure is applied.

        Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

        The preinstalled operating system on this device was MacOS X 10.10.2 (14C2061). Apple also made a return to Intel for the provision of a graphics processor with the Intel Integrated HD Graphics 5300 graphics processor replacing the NVIDIA GeForce that was used in the last 2010 model. This processor shared the memory of the onboard 8 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM.

        Memory & Architecture

        This device was powered with a 4 MB Level 3 cache and 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM that cannot be upgraded, unlike the previous versions. This was centered on a 64-Bit architecture.

        Battery Life

        The MacBook was further improved by a 39.7-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that guarantees 10 hours of battery life as a result of their innovative new-terraced design packing of battery cells.

        1.3 GHZ Core M

        8 GB

        256/512  SSD

        10 Hours

        Upgradability

        The flexibility to upgrade died in this MacBook – The RAM and onboard internal storage were fixed without the option of upgrading. The 8 GB of RAM and 256/512 GB of onboard PCIe-based flash storage was impossible to upgrade and due to this the thickness was drastically reduced to between 0.14 – 0.52 inches and the weight was more than halved (2.03 pounds) when compared to the lightest versions from the 2006 – 2010 periods.

        Introduced:  March 9, 2015

        Discontinued:  April 19, 2016

        Screen Size and Resolution

        Memory

        Screen Size

        12inches

        Level 1 Cache

        32k/32k x2

        Resolution

        2304×1440

        Level 2/Level 3 Cache

        256k x2, 4MB on chip

        Processor

        RAM Type

        LPDDR3 SDRAM

        Processors

        1 (2 Cores)

        Min. RAM Speed

        1600 MHz

        Architecture

        64-Bit

        Standard RAM

        8 GB

        Speed

        1.3 GHz

        Maximum RAM

        8 GB

        Type

        Core M (M-5Y71)

        RAM Slots

        None

        Processor Upgrade

        Soldered

        Motherboard RAM

        8GB

        FPU

        Integrated

        Graphics

        System Bus Speed

        OPI

        Video Card

        HD Graphics 5300

        Cache Bus Speed

        1.1 GHz (Built-in)

        VRAM Type

        Integrated

        ROM/Firmware

        EFI

        Standard VRAM

        1.5 GB

        EFI Architecture

        64-Bit

        Maximum VRAM

        1.5 GB

        Storage

        Inclusive Features and Ports

        Standard Storage

        256/512 GB SSD

        Standard Optical Drive

        None

        Storage Speed

        451.7 –  738.2 MB/s

        Standard Ethernet

        10/100/1000Base-T

        Storage Dimensions

        Soldered

        Standard Modem

        None

        Storage Interface

        Onboard (PCIe 2.0 x 4)

        Standard Air Port

        802.11ac

        Battery

        Standard Bluetooth

        4.0

        Type

        39.7 W h Li-Poly

        USB Port (C)

        1

        Battery Life

        9 – 10 hours

        FireWire 400

        None

        Description

        Keyboard

        Full-size

        Case Type

        Notebook

        Inclusive Input

        Trackpad (Force Touch)

        Form Factor

        MacBook Retina 12”

        S-Video Output

        None

        Apple Order No

        BTO/CTO

        Microphone

        1

        Apple Subfamily

        Early 2015

        Headphone

        1

        Apple Model Number

        A1534 (EMC 2746)

        Sound Out

        1

        Model ID

        MacBook 8.1

        Power Adapter

        1

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