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

MacBook Pro - MC975LL/A - MacBookPro10,1 - A1398

About This Mac

Apple has raised the bar high again for the notebook industry with its introduction of the MacBook Pro Retina Display with a Core i7 processor with 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM and 256 GB of flash storage expanding the production of the MacBook Pro series in mid-2012. It combines beautiful high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4” widescreen 2880×1800 (220 ppi) “retina” display with a thin, sleek case design.


This This MacBook Pro a1398 has a 15.4” color widescreen LED-backlit display with In-Plane Switching, or IPS technology with a 2880×1800 native resolution at 220 PPI (178-degree viewing angle).

Screen Size and Resolution

This MacBook Pro has a 15.4″ color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2880×1800 native resolution at 220 ppi (178-degree viewing angle).

IPS screen technology is a breakthrough. It elevates the performance of this unit with its quick input and response time. This is perfect for users who want color consistency and accuracy. Its super-wide viewing angle makes it possible to deliver richness and vibrancy perfect for gaming and streaming. MacBook Pro is ideal for graphic designers, photographers, video editors, and even CAD engineers.

Inclusive Features

The MacBook Pro includes the following features and ports:

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 allowing for quick PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers
  • 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
  • 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)

This MacBook Pro comes with a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2068), 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 3615QM (Ivy Bridge) processor and dual graphics processors – an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor.

The Ivy Bridge system is known for saving power. It comes with four independent cores with a dedicated cache. It also has a clock speed headroom that easily cools air even after heavy use. Since it supports the “Turbo Boost 2.0,” it has the capacity to automatically increase the speed of its active cores. This, in turn, results to better performance which makes it a powerful desktop replacement.

Memory & Architecture

Any application installed on this MacBook Pro is guaranteed to run faster with its 256k level 2 cache and 6 MB Level 3 cache plus a 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM. All of this is centered around a 64-Bit architecture.

The 64-Bit system speeds up Photoshop and even the most demanding software. It can process a ton of data, create huge videos, and monitor a huge inventory without any issues at all.

Battery Life

According to the official statement released by Apple, this has a 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that can provide 7 hours of wireless web use.

2.3 GHZ Core i7

8 GB

15 inch macbook pro

256 GB SSD 

7 Hours


This MacBook Pro comes with an 8 GB of RAM that can be upgraded up to 16GB. Moreover, its operating system can also be upgraded from its default MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2068) to the latest MacOS X. It can also host Windows OS 7 (32-Bit) and upgraded to as high as Windows 8.1 (64-Bit). This MacBook Pro comes with dimensions of 0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73 in and a weight of 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)..

Introduced:  June 11, 2012

Discontinued: February 13, 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



1 (2 Cores)

Min. RAM Speed

1600 MHz



Standard RAM

8 GB


2.3 GHz 

Maximum RAM

16 GB


Core i7 (I7-3615QM)

RAM Slots


Processor Upgrade


Motherboard RAM

8 GB




System Bus Speed

5 GT/s

Video Card

GeForce GT 650M

Cache Bus Speed

2.3 GHz (Built-in)





Standard VRAM

1 GB

EFI Architecture


Maximum VRAM

1 GB


Inclusive Features and Ports

Standard Storage

256 GB SSD

Standard Optical Drive


Storage Speed

390/440 MB/s

Standard Ethernet


Storage Dimensions


Standard Modem


Storage Interface

Proprietary (6 Gb/s)

Standard Air Port

802.11a/b/g/n (3-Stream)


Standard Bluetooth



95 W h Li-Poly

USB Port 2.0


Battery Life

7 hours

FireWire 800





Case Type


Inclusive Input

Trackpad (Inertial)

Form Factor

MacBook Pro (Retina)

SDXC Card Slot


Apple Order No




Apple Subfamily

Retina Mid-2012



Apple Model Number

A1398 (EMC 2512)

Sound Out


Model ID

MacBook Pro 10.1

Power Adapter


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