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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15" Retina 2012 Specs

MacBook Pro - MD831LL/A - MacBookPro10,1 - A1398

About This Mac

The introduction of the MacBook Pro Retina Display with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM, and 512 GB of flash storage was the result of Apple’s continued production of the MacBook Pro series in mid-2012. This unit is known for its pixel-dense screen that came on a thinner body. It is a combination of a beautiful high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4” widescreen 2880×1800 (220 PPI) “retina” display with a thin, sleek case design. More device specifications and capabilities of this MacBook Pro can be found below.


The MacBook Pro a1398 has a 512 GB SSD of 6 Gb/s storage. The model is comparatively thinner because the RAM is attached to a logic board. Which represents a major improvement from the hard drives used in the previous generations. Since flash storage is significantly faster, it is still used in the latest models today.

    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).

    What makes this model special is its IPS panel powered by LED backlighting. This translates to a broader viewing angle. Seeing graphics and texts without odd colors or even other glitches. The monitor accuracy of this model is perfect for film viewing.

      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 has a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2068), 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 3820QM (Ivy Bridge) processor and dual graphics processors –NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, and an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory.

          The dual graphics processors of this model automatically switch from one system to another depending on the activity or application used. This elevates the performance of the laptop, graphically. It is ideal for gamers with its 3G image capability.

          Memory & Architecture

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

          MacBook Pro Core i7 has an “Ivy Bridge” system that allows four independent processor core functioning. It also speeds up the active cores for better performance with its Turbo Boost feature. As an Ultrabook, this delivers best in multimedia and graphics for top-notch gameplay and HD video transcoding. It is also 20% better than its previous generation.

          Battery Life

          This MacBook Pro has a 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that provides 7 hours of wireless web use.

          2.7 GHZ Core i7

          8 GB

          macbook pro a1398

          512 GB SSD

          7 Hours


          This MacBook Pro comes with a standard 8 GB RAM. However, this can be upgraded up to 16 GB, but users have to decide right away at the time of purchase. Its flash storage cannot be altered. The operating system of the MacBook Pro can be upgraded from its default MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2068) to the current MacOS X. It can also host Windows OS 7 (32-Bit) and updated to operating systems as high as Windows 8.1 (64-Bit). This MacBook Pro comes with dimensions of 0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73 and a weight of 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg).

          The only flaw with the MacBook Pro’s design is that the decision to upgrade it must be done in the middle of buying it.

          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, 8 MB


          RAM Type

          DDR3L SDRAM


          1 (2 Cores)

          Min. RAM Speed

          1600 MHz



          Standard RAM

          8 GB


          2.7 GHz 

          Maximum RAM

          16 GB


          Core i7 (I7-3820QM)

          RAM Slots


          Processor Upgrade


          Motherboard RAM

          8 GB




          System Bus Speed

          5 GT/s

          Video Card

          GeForce GT 650M

          Cache Bus Speed

          2.7 GHz (Built-in)

          VRAM Type




          Standard VRAM

          1 GB

          EFI Architecture


          Maximum VRAM

          1 GB


          Inclusive Features and Ports

          Standard Storage

          512 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 3.0


          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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