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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.9 13" 2012 Specs

MacBook Pro - MD102LL/A - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278

About This Mac


Officially, this laptop was referred to as “MacBook Pro 13” Mid 2012 i7.” Apple launched this line as they continued the production of MacBook Pro in mid-2012. At a glance, you wouldn’t think that this version is any different from its identical models from the previous year. But this edition has a Core i7 processor with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) and 750 GB of hard drive space. The device also includes a Thunderbolt standard port that supports 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions. They are utilized as peripherals with power resolutions as high as 2560×1600 and audio signals that are useful in most MacBook Pro 2012 specs.  


Common to most MacBook Pro Mid 2012 specs, this line has a 750 GB, 6 Gb/s Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive disk sealed and soldered in a permanent place. This is why upgrading it after purchase can be a struggle, if not, impossible.

Screen Size and Resolution

This MacBook Pro 2012 13” has a native resolution and a widescreen TFT active-matrix of 1280×800, and a LED-backlit display of 2560 by 1600 equipped with an IPS technology.


    Mid 2012 MacBook Pro Specs


    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)

    One of the remarkable mid-2012 MacBook Pro specs on “Core i7” 2.9 13” is that it has a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.3 (11D2515). It is made of a 3520M Sandy Bridge which is a multi-core microprocessor. This has two processing cores that can compute complicated operations. It comes with an 8X DL “SuperDrive,” and an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory.

    Memory & Architecture

    This MacBook Pro has a 256k level 2 cache and a 4 MB Level 3 cache plus a 5 GT/s front side bus with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) RAM. This revolves around a 64-bit architecture, dedicated graphics processing.

    Battery Life

    This model has a non-swappable 63.5-watt-hour lithium polymer battery design that lasts for 7 hours of wireless web use.

    2.9 GHZ Core i7

    8 GB

    750 GB Hard Drive

    7 Hours

    Upgrading Specs for Macbook Pro 13″ 2.9GHz

    While the MacBook Pro has an 8 GB of RAM by default and also hosts Windows OS 7 (32-BitThis MacBook Pro comes with dimensions of 0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94 inches and a weight of 4.5 lbs (2.04 kg).

    Introduced:  June 11, 2012

    Discontinued: October 22, 2013

    Screen Size and Resolution


    Screen Size

    13.3 inches

    Level 1 Cache

    32k/32k x 2



    Level 2/Level 3 Cache

    256k x 2, 4MB


    RAM Type

    PC3-12800 DDR3L


    1 (2 Cores)

    Min. RAM Speed

    1600 MHz



    Standard RAM

    8 GB


    2.9 GHz 

    Maximum RAM

    16 GB


    Core i7 (l7-3520M)

    RAM Slots


    Processor Upgrade


    Motherboard RAM





    System Bus Speed

    5 GT/s

    Video Card

    HD Graphics 4000

    Cache Bus Speed

    2.9 GHz (Built-in)

    VRAM Type




    Standard VRAM

    758 MB

    EFI Architecture


    Maximum VRAM

    768 MB


    Inclusive Features and Ports

    Standard Storage

    750 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



    63.5 W h Li-Poly

    USB Port 4.0


    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 13”



    Apple Model Number

    A1278 (EMC 2554)

    Sound Out


    Model ID

    MacBook Pro 9.2

    Power Adapter


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