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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" 2012 Specs

MacBook Pro - MD103LL/A - MacBookPro9,1 - A1286

Macbook Pro 15″ 2.3GHz i7 – MD103LL/A – A1286

The popular 2012 MacBook Pro 15″ 2.3Ghz  features an Intel Core i7 processor with a 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) and 500 GB of hard drive space. These specs were able to be configured to order or upgraded aftermarket. The 2012 Macbook Pro features dual-graphics processors (GPUs) and is ideal for photography, coding, video editing, 3G graphics, and gaming applications. This Mac is the last of 15″ Macbook Pro line that has upgradable RAM and a user-replacable battery, which is why it continues to be a best seller until current day. 

MacBook Pro Mid 2012 specs incorporate the Thunderbolt standard port that can handle 10 Gbps bandwidth in both directions. It also supports peripherals with resolutions as high as 2560×1600 and an uninterrupted audio signal.


This MacBook Pro has a standard storage of 500 GB on 6 Gb/s Serial ATA with a speed of 5400 RPM. The MD103LL/A can be custom configured up to 16GB of RAM and with up to a 4TB 2.5″ SSD. This Mac remains extremely popular due to the ability to upgrade storage and RAM.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    This model has an LED-backlit 15.4” widescreen TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a native resolution of 1440×900. It is available for custom configuration, enabling you to change it to high-res glossy or antiglare 1680×1050 display that further supports millions of colors.I By default, the pixels of this unit provide clarity and full images. It provides a seamless experience while reading documents or streaming high-quality videos online.

      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


          Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

          The MacBook Pro uses a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.3 (11D2097), 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 3615QM “Sandy Bridge” processor, which is the second generation of Core processors. It can manage multiple threads simultaneously. It also comes with dual graphics processors – an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and as well as an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor.

          Memory & Architecture

          Applications installed on the MacBook Pro are run on a 256k level 2 cache and a 6 MB Level 3 cache plus a 5 GT/s frontside bus with 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) for its RAM. All of this is centered around a 64-Bit architecture.

          Battery Life

          The MacBook Pro comes with a 77.5-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that provides 7 hours of wireless web use.

          2.3 GHZ Core i7

          4 GB

          macbook pro 15 inch

          500 GB Hard Drive

          7 Hours


          This MacBook Pro comes standard with 4GB of RAM, but users have the ability to upgrade it up to 16GB. The operating system of the MacBook Pro comes pre-installed with MacOS X 10.7.3 and can be upgraded to 2020 version of OS Catalina. This MacBook Pro comes with dimensions of 0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82 in and a weight of 5.6 lbs (2.56 kg).

          Introduced:  June 11, 2012

          Discontinued: October 22, 2013

          Screen Size and Resolution


          Screen Size

          15.4 inches

          Level 1 Cache

          32k/32k x 4



          Level 2/Level 3 Cache

          256k x 4, 6MB


          RAM Type

          PC3-12800 DDR3L


          1 (2 Cores)

          Min. RAM Speed

          1600 MHz



          Standard RAM

          4 GB


          2.3 GHz

          Maximum RAM

          16 GB


          Core i7 (l7-3615QM)

          RAM Slots


          Processor Upgrade


          Motherboard RAM





          System Bus Speed

          5 GT/s

          Video Card

          GeForce GT 650M

          Cache Bus Speed

          2.3 GHz (Built-in)

          VRAM Type




          Standard VRAM

          512 MB

          EFI Architecture


          Maximum VRAM

          512 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 Air Port

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


          Standard Bluetooth



          77.5 W h Li-Poly

          USB Port 2.0


          Battery Life

          7 hours

          FireWire 800





          Case Type


          Inclusive Input

          Trackpad (Inertial)

          Form Factor

          MacBook (Unibody)

          SDXC Card Slot


          Apple Order No




          Apple Subfamily

          Mid 2012 15”



          Apple Model Number

          A1286 (EMC 2556)

          Sound Out


          Model ID

          MacBook Pro 9.1

          Power Adapter


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