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

MacBook Pro - BTO/CTO - MacBookPro10,2 - A1425

About This Mac

This device is a BTO/CTO, which is similar to the MD212LL/A. We have listed this device separately. It comes with an upgraded processor when compared to its base model. This upgrade helps make it easy to catalog and read.

The MacBook Pro Retina 2012 is a continuation of the MacBook Pro series introduced in late 2012. Apple introduced this MacBook Pro Retina Display with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM, and 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage. This model combines a stunning high-resolution LED-backlit 13.3” widescreen 2560×1600 “retina” and sleek case design. More device specifications and capabilities for this MacBook Pro can be found below. 


The Apple MacBook Pro 13 Inch comes with 128 GB or 256 GB SSD of 6 Gb/s. With the help of an expert, you can upgrade it for an additional fee. By default, this model has a 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive. These specifications are already a major improvement compared to the previous generations. The flash storage is remarkably fast and it is still utilized up until today on current models and units.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    The MacBook Pro a1425 features a Retina Display that is almost at par with the 15” model. It projects crisp texts and images on its 13.3” color widescreen LED-backlit display powered by the IPS technology through a 2560×1600 native resolution at 227 PPI (178-degree viewing angle).

    IPS or In-Plane Switching is an advancement that intends to address the limitations of LCD screens. It provides an eye-catching color and broad viewing angles. These features are perfect for hyper-competitive gamers.

      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 model has a pre-installed MacOS X 10.8.2 (12C2034), 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 3520M Ivy Bridge processor and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.

        The Ivy Bridge is a powerful chipset that does four important things – less power consumption, thinner and smaller processor size, built-in USB support, and higher-end graphics.

        Memory & Architecture

        Any application installed on this MacBook Pro is guaranteed to run faster with its 256k level 2 cache, 4 MB Level 3 cache, 5 GT/s front side bus with 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM for its RAM. All is centered around a 64-Bit architecture.

        The 64-Bit system works way faster compared to other processors. This comes with a dual, quad, six, and eight-core variants which are common in computers for home use. With this, the increase in the number of calculations per second is smoothly executed.

        Battery Life

        According to reports published by Apple, this unit is powered by a 74-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that provides 7 hours of wireless web use.

        2.9 GHZ Core i7

        8 GB

        macbook pro retina 2012

        128/256 GB SSD

        7 Hours


        By default, the unit has a pre-installed MacOS X 10.8.2 (12C2034) which can be upgraded to the latest MacOS X. It also hosts a Windows OS 7 (32-Bit) and can accommodate operating systems as high as Windows 8.1 (64-Bit). This MacBook Pro comes with dimensions of 0.75 x 12.35 x 8.62 in and a weight of 3.57 lbs or 1.62 kg.

        Introduced:  October 23, 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

        DDR3L SDRAM


        1 (2 Cores)

        Min. RAM Speed

        1600 MHz



        Standard RAM

        8 GB


        2.9 GHz

        Maximum RAM

        8 GB


        Core i7 (I7-3520M)

        RAM Slots


        Processor Upgrade


        Motherboard RAM

        8 GB




        System Bus Speed

        5 GT/s

        Video Card

        HD Graphics 4000

        Cache Bus Speed

        2.9 GHz (Built-in)

        VRAM Type




        Standard VRAM

        768 MB

        EFI Architecture


        Maximum VRAM

        768 MB


        Inclusive Features and Ports

        Standard Storage

        128/ 256 GB SSD

        Standard Optical Drive


        Storage Speed


        Standard Ethernet


        Storage Dimensions

        Proprietary (7 mm)

        Standard Modem


        Storage Interface

        Proprietary (6 Gb/s)

        Standard Air Port

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


        Standard Bluetooth



        74 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 Late 2012



        Apple Model Number

        A1425 (EMC 2557)

        Sound Out


        Model ID

        MacBook Pro 10.2

        Power Adapter


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