Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL A “Core i5″ 2.5 13” 2012 Specs

MacBook Pro 9.2 – A1278

MD101LL/A Front

About this Mac

The 2012 Macbook Pro 13″ 2.5GHz i5 has always been a popular choice for Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch buyers. This 13-inch MD101LL/A was released on June 11th, 2012. This Macbook Pro is one of the most sold of all time. This Mac sold from 2012 until October 27th of 2016. Some say 2012 13″ Mac is the best Macbook Pro ever offered and marked the end of the Steve Jobs Era.


This Macbook Pro is perfect for those who want a repairable Macbook Pro that has a user-replaceable battery and components that don’t come soldered together. The MD101LL/A even has a CD/DVD Drive if you’re feeling nostalgic.

This Mac looks identical to its predecessor, but Apple upgraded this Mac to USB 3.0. This Macbook Pro was offered by Apple with 4GB RAM and a 500GB rotational hard drive but is able to be upgraded aftermarket. This machine allows users to ability to customize its specifications up to 16GB RAM and any 2.5″ drive.

The Mac features a Thunderbolt standard port that supports a 20 Gbps bandwidth in both directions. It also supports resolutions as high as 2560×1600 and an audio signal. Check out all of those ports in the pictures below.

The MD101LL/A and MD102LL/A marked the end of this generation of Macbook and were preceded by Apple’s patented “Retina Display” models. These Macs are still extremely popular as they still allow user upgradability, feature all of the ports, and have a user-replaceable battery.


2.5 GHZCore i5


4 GB

(Upgradable to 16GB)

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500GB Hard Drive


Battery Life

Up to 7 Hours


This MacBook Pro incorporates standard storage of 500 GB of a hard disk drive with a speed of 5400 RPM. Despite having this as one of the defaults of 2012 MacBook Pro specs, you can modify the space of this model with any 2.5″ drive up to 4TB.

Screen Size and Resolution

This line has 13.3” colored widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution at 227 pixels, which can make millions of colors alive and vibrant. It also has scaled resolutions at 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels.

Processor& Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

The MacBook Pro Mid 2012 employs a 22nm “Ivy Bridge” with a 2.5 GHz Intel “Core i5” that has dual independent processor cores all integrated into a single silicon chip. It also comes with a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.3 (11D2515) with an HD 4000 graphics processor sharing the same system memory for better performance.

Memory and Architecture

The model offers 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory, configurable to 16GB.

Battery Life

This MacBook Pro has a built-in 63.5-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that supports 7 hours of wireless web use. Real world testing indicate that the run time of the battery is closer to 2-3 hours.

This runtime is almost on par with other Macs released. Apple said on a press release that this should last 1000 recharge cycles. This battery can be upgraded by users.


The Apple MacBook Pro “Core i5” 2.5GHz i5 13” has a standard 4GB RAM. The ram upgrade can be done up to 16GB by the users. This Mac uses 204 pin memory chips.

This Mac can upgrade to a larger 2.5″ hard drive or solid state drive. Solid state drive produce more speed and are less prone to crash.

Inclusive Features

The MacBook Pro includes the following features and ports:
  • 8X DL “SuperDrive”
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) which allows connection to the best Wi-Fi bands available
  • Bluetooth 4.0 allowing for quick PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers
  • FireWire 800 port
  • Gigabit Ethernet is provided for your Local Area Network (LAN) connections
  • Two USB 3.0 Ports are supplied for the connection of external keyboards, printers, external hard disks etc.
  • Optical digital audio in/out for connecting some external audio equipment like headphones and microphones
  • Thunderbolt standard port that is backward compatible with a Mini DisplayPort and can support an audio signal and a 2560×1600 resolution
  • SDXC Card Slot
  • No button glass multi-touch trackpad with support for new “four finger” gestures and programmable zones
  • FaceTime HD webcam


Introduced: June 11, 2012

Discontinued: October 27, 2016

Screen Size and Resolution


Screen Size

13.3 inches

Level 1 Cache

32k/32k x 2



Level 2/Level 3 Cache

256k x 2, 3MB


RAM Type

PC3-12800 DDR3L


1 (2 Cores)

Min. RAM Speed

1600 MHz



Standard RAM

4 GB


2.5 GHz

Maximum RAM

16 GB


Core i5 (l5-3210M)

RAM Slots


Processor Upgrade


Motherboard RAM





System Bus Speed

5 GT/s

Video Card

HD Graphics 4000

Cache Bus Speed

2.3 GHz (Built-in)





Standard VRAM

512 MB

EFI Architecture


Maximum VRAM

768 MB


Inclusive Features and Ports

Standard Storage

500 GB HDD

Standard Optical Drive

8X DL “SuperDrive”

Storage Speed

5400 RPM

Standard Ethernet


Storage Dimensions

2.5” (9.5 mm)

Standard Modem


Storage Interface

Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)

Standard AirPort

802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit)


Standard Bluetooth



63.5 W h Li-Poly

USB Port


Battery Life

7 hours

FireWire Port




Full-size (Magic Keyboard)

Case Type


Inclusive Input

Trackpad (Force Touch)

Form Factor

MacBook (Unibody)

SDXC Card Slot


Apple Order No




Apple Subfamily

Mid 2012 13”



Apple Model Number

A1278 (EMC 2554)

Sound Out


Model ID


Power Adapter



Refurbished Macbook Pro

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