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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15" Retina 2012 Specs

MacBook Pro - MC976LL/A - MacBookPro10,1 - A1398

About This Mac

Apple stirred things up and made people reflect on the possibilities of using technology with the introduction of MacBook Pro Retina Display equipped with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM, and 512 GB of flash storage. This MacBook follows up on the MacBook Pro series introduced in mid-2012.

This ultrathin notebook is powerful and light. It is a combination of stunning performance and portability. It boasts a beautiful high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4” widescreen 2880×1800 (220 PPI) “retina” display with a thin, sleek case design. Detailed device specifications and capabilities for this MacBook Pro can be found below.


By default, this MacBook Pro has a 512 GB of flash storage. It can handle the most demanding tasks such as saving important files like large videos and images. Flash storage doesn’t have moving parts, so it is usually quiet and reliable. This unit can go in stand by mode for a month.

Its all-flash storage is also responsible for making this model responsive. It gives up to four times of performance than that of the traditional hard drives used before. This represents a major improvement from the storage utilized in the previous generations. Flash storage is still incorporated in many current models available today.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    The most remarkable difference between the MacBook Pro Model a1398 and its predecessor is its Retina display. It has a 15.4” color widescreen LED-backlit with IPS technology that features a 2880×1800 native resolution at 220 PPI or 178 digree viewing angle.

    This model has a pixel count of more than 5 million. It is also capable of setting up an output for up to two external displays its 2560 x 1600 via Thunderbolt.

      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 unit is powered by top-of-the-line processors and graphics. It has a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2068), 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 3720QM (Sandy Bridge) processor and dual graphics processors – an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory.

      Sandy Bridge is 17% better than its predecessor. This represents a significant upgrade from the past two generations of Intel processors. This allows for improved performance, excellent integrated graphics, and lower power consumption.

      Memory & Architecture

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

      The 64-Bit system performs twice its counterpart. It gives more RAM access and allows advanced security features. It also provides more efficiency in administering processes that in turn elevates the OS performance.

      Battery Life

      This MacBook Pro comes with a sealed 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that provides 7 hours of wireless web use as certified by Apple.

      2.6 GHZ Core i7

      8 GB

      macbook pro model a1398

      512 GB 

      7 Hours


      This MacBook Pro has a standard 8 GB of RAM, but users can upgrade it to 16GB. The operating system of this MacBook Pro is also upgradable from its default MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2068) to the recent MacOS X. It can also host Windows OS 7 (32-Bit) and accommodate operating systems as high as Windows 8.1 (64-Bit). This MacBook Pro has a dimension 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


      2.6 GHz 

      Maximum RAM

      16 GB


      Core i7 (I7-3720QM)

      RAM Slots


      Processor Upgrade


      Motherboard RAM





      System Bus Speed

      5 GT/s

      Video Card

      GeForce GT 650M

      Cache Bus Speed

      2.6 GHz (Built-in)

      VRAM Type




      Standard VRAM

      1 GB

      EFI Architecture


      Maximum VRAM

      1 GB


      Inclusive Features and Ports

      Standard Storage

      512 GB 

      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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