Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Should I Upgrade To Mojave

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch 'Core i7' 2.3 Retina 2012 Specs

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Identifiers: Retina Mid-2012 - MC975LL/A - MacBookPro10,1 - A1398 - 2512

  • Apple refreshed the entire MacBook Pro line on October 24, 2006, to include Intel Core 2 Duo processors which was the first MacBook Pro model to be 64 bit. Memory capacity was doubled for each model, to 1 GiB on the low-end 15-inch and 2 GiB for the high-end 15- and 17-inch models.
  • Note: I did the SSD upgrade on my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, so this guide is probably most useful to those of you who are using the same model with me. However, I assume it would also apply to older MacBook models like 2011 and 2010 as long as your machine has a standard 2.5-inch SATA drive.
  • Using the SATA Revision 3.0 interface, this SSD is supported by MacBook Pros made between early 2011 and mid 2012. Even the using earlier MacBook Pros with SATA 2.0 and 1.0 can still use this SSD. It has a capacity of 480GB which is a lot of storage for all your personal and business files.
  • Technical specifications for the MacBook Pro 15-Inch 'Core i7' 2.3 Retina 2012. Dates sold, processor type, memory info, hard drive details, price and more.

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The MacBook Pro 'Core i5' 2.5 13-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22 nm 'Ivy Bridge' 2.5 GHz Intel 'Core i5' processor (3210M), with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 2 GB modules), a 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive.

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Heralded as the 'most advanced Mac ever built,' the officially dubbed 'MacBook Pro with Retina Display' models combine a beautiful high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4' widescreen 2880x1800 (220 ppi) 'retina' display with a thin, sleek case design that weighs a bit less than 4.5 pounds (2.02 kg). Curiously, these systems are not branded on the display bezel like earlier MacBook Pro models.
Somewhat controversially, the Retina Display models also are an essentially 'sealed' design with RAM that is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded after purchase, storage that is not intended to be upgraded after purchase, and a battery that cannot be replaced readily even by technical users or third-parties, either.
This particular model -- the MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.3 15-Inch (Mid-2012 Retina Display) features a 22 nm 'Ivy Bridge' 2.3 GHz Intel 'Core i7' processor (3615QM), with four independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (which cannot be upgraded after purchase), 256 GB of flash storage, dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and an 'integrated' Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, as well as an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam. It does not have an internal optical drive.
Connectivity includes 3-stream AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, two 'Thunderbolt' ports, an HDMI port, an audio in/out port, and an SDXC card slot. It does not have Gigabit Ethernet or Firewire '800,' although adapters are available at extra cost.
In addition, this model has a backlit keyboard, a 'no button' glass 'inertial' multi-touch trackpad, a 'MagSafe 2' power adapter, and an internal, sealed battery that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.
Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the Retina Display-equipped 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models?
  • What are all the differences between the Retina Display 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models and the regular 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models?

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Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Should I Upgrade To Mojave
Introduction Date:June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date:February 13, 2013
Details:The 'Introduction Date' refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The 'Discontinued Date' refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
Details:Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 4 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 4 benchmarks are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 4 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 4 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 5 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 5 benchmarks for the Mac are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 5 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 5 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Processor Speed:2.3 GHz Processor Type:Core i7 (I7-3615QM)
Details:This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 'Ivy Bridge' (I7-3615QM) processor which includes four independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 6 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports 'Turbo Boost 2.0' -- which 'automatically increases the speed of the active cores' to improve performance when needed (up to 3.3 GHz for this model) -- and 'Hyper Threading' -- which allows the system to recognize eight total 'cores' or 'threads' (four real and four virtual).
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2012' Retina Display MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the 'regular' Mid-2012 MacBook Pro and the models replaced?
Turbo Boost:3.3 GHz Custom Speeds:2.7 GHz (Core i7)
Details:Starting on August 2, 2012, Apple added the ability to custom configure this model with a 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3820QM) for an extra US$350. This custom processor has an 8 MB level 3 cache and supports 'Turbo Boost 2.0' up to 3.7 GHz as well as 'Hyper Threading' with eight virtual cores or 'threads.'
As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented this custom configuration as its own model.
Also see: How much faster is the Retina Display-equipped 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro custom configured with a faster processor than the stock models? Is the extra performance worth the extra cost?
Details:Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro models?
System Bus Speed:5 GT/s*Cache Bus Speed:2.3 GHz (Built-in)
Details:*This system has a 'Direct Media Interface' (DMI) that 'connects between the processor and chipset' in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
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Details:N/A
Details:*Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 6 MB of shared level 3 cache.
Details:Ships standard with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard.
Details:*8 GB of RAM is onboard. It originally could be upgraded at the time of purchase to 16 GB as a US$200 option, but it cannot be upgraded subsequently.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:*There are no RAM slots. 8 GB of RAM is onboard. It could be upgraded to 16 GB at the time of purchase as a US$200 option, but it cannot be upgraded subsequently.
Details:*This system has dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with memory shared with the system. The system automatically switches between graphics systems based on use (when applications use OpenGL, Core Graphics or other graphically demanding technologies, the system will use the dedicated graphics card, otherwise it will use Intel HD Graphics to conserve battery life).
Also see: Is there a 'hack' to switch between graphics processors on the Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro models manually?
Details:The NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor has 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The 'integrated' Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system.
Also see: How fast is the graphics performance of the 'Mid-2012' 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro models compared to the models replaced?
Built-in Display:15.4' WidescreenNative Resolution:2880x1800
Details:This model has a 15.4' color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2880 by 1800 native resolution at 220 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It also supports scaled resolutions of 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640.
Also see: How can you 'force' or 'hack' the Retina Display MacBook Pro models to run at the native resolution or otherwise fit more on screen than by default?
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2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring*2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600 (x2*)
Details:*This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560x1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560x1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920x1200 via HDMI. Although it can theoretically power all three external displays, as confirmed by a helpful reader, it runs too hot with three displays connected.
Also see: How many external displays can the Retina Display MacBook Pro models support? What is the maximum supported resolution of each? Are adapters required?
Standard Storage:256 GB SSDStd. Storage Speed:390/440 MB/s*
Details:This model has 256 GB of flash storage rather than a hard drive. As originally introduced on June 11, 2012, Apple did not even offer a larger capacity storage option via custom configuration. However, starting on August 2, 2012, Apple added the option of 512 GB or 768 GB of storage for an additional US$500 or US$1000, respectively.
*Third-party tests using the Blackmagic benchmark report write speeds of 390 MB/s and read speeds of 440 MB/s.
Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the SSD after purchase, however it is quite possible.
Also see: How do you upgrade or replace the storage in the Retina Display-equipped 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells SSDs and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:ProprietaryStorage Interface:Proprietary* (6 Gb/s)
Details:*As first discovered by site sponsor OWC, the 'Mid-2012' Retina Display-equipped line uses a different connector than previous models. It provides 6 Gb/s of bandwidth (SATA III).
Details:*This MacBook Pro does not have an internal optical drive. Site sponsor Adorama offers the external Apple USB SuperDrive for US$79. It writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL at 4X, DVD-R and DVD+R at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X, DVD+RW at 8X, reads DVD at 8X, writes CD-R at 24X, writes CD-RW at 16X, and reads CD at 24X.
Site sponsor Other World Computing also has a variety of compact external optical drive options that may be of interest, including some with Blu-ray capability.
Also see: What are the full capabilities of the external SuperDrive available for this MacBook Pro? Can it be used with other Macs?
Details:*This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter was offered for US$29.
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/n (3-Stream)Standard Bluetooth:4.0
Details:AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps). It does not have a Firewire port although an Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter is available.
Details:This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and accessories, including docks, adapters, cables, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Pro.
Also see: Which SD Card storage solution is best for the Retina Display MacBook Pro? Which models are compatible? Is this type of storage safe?
Incl. Keyboard:Full-sizeIncl. Input:Trackpad (Inertial)
Details:Apple reports that the backlit integrated keyboard has '78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted 'T' arrangement).'
The glass multi-touch trackpad supports 'inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities'.
Case Type:NotebookForm Factor:MacBook Pro (Retina)
Details:This MacBook Pro uses a thin black and silver 'unibody' case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a 'catchless' magnetic latch.
Apple Order No:MC975LL/AApple Subfamily:Retina Mid-2012
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1398 (EMC 2512)Model ID:MacBookPro10,1
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1398 Model Number, the 2512 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Details:Apple reports that this model has a '95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' that provides 'up to 7 hours of wireless web' use. It cannot be upgraded by an end-user.
Also see: How do you replace the battery in the Retina Display-equipped 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro? Is it even possible?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells quality batteries for this MacBook Pro.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.
Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.7.4 (11E2068)Maximum MacOS:X 10.15.x*
Details:*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion.' OS X 10.9 'Mavericks', and OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' as well as OS X 10.11 'El Capitan.' It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although it does not support the Auto Unlock feature. This model is capable of running macOS High Sierra (10.13), and it supports HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), but it does not support hardware accelerated HEVC.
This model is compatible with the final version of macOS Mojave (10.14) and the final version of macOS Catalina (10.15), as well. It does not support macOS Big Sur (macOS 11) or later versions of the macOS.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS Catalina (10.15)? What are the system requirements? What are the major new features? Has anything been removed from previous versions of the macOS?
Minimum Windows:7 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:10 (64-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit of Windows 7, Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and Boot Camp 6 supports the 64-bit version of Windows 10. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
MacOS 9 Support:NoneWindows Support:Boot/Virtualization
Details:Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73Avg. Weight:4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (1.8 cm, 35.89 cm, 24.71 cm).
Original Price (US):US$2199Est. Current Retail:US$500-US$700
Details:Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Video (Monitor): 2 (Thunderbolt), 1 (HDMI) Floppy (Ext.): None
Details:Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
Also see: How many external displays can the Retina Display MacBook Pro models support? What is the maximum supported resolution of each? Are adapters required?
Details:N/A
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Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps). It does not have a Firewire port although an Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter is available.
Details:No internal modem or Ethernet, although an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available. AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth 4.0 are standard.

Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Should I Upgrade To Mojave National Park

Details:N/A
Details:Dual internal microphones. Has a single 'headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)' port. Supports Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone.
Details:Has a single 'audio in/out' port.
Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V AC, 85W 'MagSafe 2' power adapter.

Should I Upgrade My Mid 2012 Macbook Pro To Mojave

Global original prices for the MacBook Pro 15-Inch 'Core i7' 2.3 Retina 2012 in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $37,999 United States:US$2199

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 17,599Finland:¤2349
Ireland:¤2349Italy:¤2299
Norway:NOK 17.990 Portugal:¤2349
Switzerland:CHF 2'449 United Kingdom:£1799

Original Prices - Asia

India:Rs 152,900 Indonesia:Rp 21,999,000
Malaysia:RM 6,799The Philippines:PHP 107,990
Thailand:THB 72,900Vietnam:VND 50,499,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand


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