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Updating your physical RAM, especially with an older MacBook Pro (prior to 2013 models), would help, but that can get expensive and isn’t always necessary.Try identifying programs that are using the most memory and swapping them for an alternative like replacing Firefox with Safari. The MacBook Pro line received a second update on June 5, 2007, with new Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT video cards and faster processor options. LED backlighting was added to the 15-inch model's screen, and its weight was reduced from 5.6 pounds (2.5 kg) to 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg). The MacBook Pro 'Core 2 Duo' 2.26 13' (SD/Firewire 800 - Mid-2009) features a 45 nm 'Penryn' 2.26 GHz Intel 'Core 2 Duo' processor (P7550 or P8400), with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 3 MB shared 'on chip' level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 1 GB. Right-side USB-C ports on a 16-inch MacBook Pro. Photo via hardware zone.com.sg. Do you have a recent MacBook Pro?While these powerful notebooks have USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports on both sides, we’re going to tell you why you should charge your MacBook Pro using the ports on the right side. Apple brought back the beloved MacBook after the line merged with the MacBook Pro in 2009. At just 2 pounds and only 13.1 mm thick, the new MacBook overtook the MacBook Air as the thinnest.

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How do you upgrade the RAM in the 'Mid-2009' through 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM does each model actually support?

Please note that this Q&A is up-to-date and covers pre-Retina 'Unibody' MacBook Pro models. EveryMac.com also provides details about RAM options for the subsequently introduced Retina Display MacBook Pro line.

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The RAM upgrade procedure for the 'Mid-2009,' 'Mid-2010,' 'Early 2011,' 'Late 2011' and non-Retina Display 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models is fairly easy. It's not quite as easy as it is for earlier 'pre-Unibody' MacBook Pro systems, as these later models require a screwdriver, but it still is simple and straightforward.


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Identification Help

If you're not sure which MacBook Pro you have, these models can be identified by the Model Identifier 'closely enough' to an exact match for the purpose of upgrading the RAM. In turn, each model can be uniquely identified via model identifier and one or more secondary identifiers (like processor speed and/or processor type).

EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Lookup feature -- as well as the EveryMac app -- also can uniquely identify these models by the Serial Number, which is listed on the bottom of the notebook in small type toward the hinge, as well as within the operating system alongside the model identifier. More details about specific identifiers are provided in EveryMac.com's extensive Mac Identification section.

To locate the model identifier in software, select 'About This Mac' under the Apple Menu on your computer and click the 'More Info..' button. If the MacBook Pro is running OS X 10.7 'Lion' or later, you will need to click the 'System Report' button after clicking 'More Info..' as well. EveryMac.com has carefully hand documented each model identifier for your convenience.

The model identifiers for each of these models follow:

MacBook Pro

Subfamily

Model Identifier

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2009

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Mid-2010

Early 2011

Early 2011

Early 2011

Early 2011

Early 2011

Early 2011

Early 2011

Late 2011

Late 2011

Late 2011

Late 2011

Late 2011

Late 2011

Late 2011

Mid-2012

Mid-2012

Mid-2012

Mid-2012

Mid-2012

RAM Types & Actual Maximum RAM Capacities

All of these systems have two memory slots that are accessible by removing the bottom case, but the type of RAM as well as the actual maximum capacity varies for different models. Apple formally recommends that you 'fill both memory slots and install an identical memory module in each slot' for all of these systems.

The 'Mid-2009' and 'Mid-2010' MacBook Pro models support 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMMs and officially and unofficially support a maximum of 8 GB of RAM with one odd exception.

Specifically, as discovered by OWC, the 13-Inch 'Mid-2010' MacBook Pro models (and only the 13-Inch models) -- the MacBook Pro 'Core 2 Duo' 2.4 13' Mid-2010 and 'Core 2 Duo' 2.66 13' Mid-2010 identified by MacBookPro7,1 -- can support up to 16 GB of RAM with dual 8 GB memory modules if they are running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, have been updated to use the latest EFI, and are equipped with proper specification memory modules. If running a version of Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard,' these models only can use 8 GB of RAM.

The 'Early 2011' and 'Late 2011' MacBook Pro models use faster 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SO-DIMMs. They officially support 8 GB of RAM, but OWC has determined that they actually support 16 GB of RAM regardless of the operating system installed, although only the 'Early 2011' MacBook Pro models are capable of running a version of Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard.'

Finally, the 'Mid-2012' non-Retina Display MacBook Pro models use faster still 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 SO-DIMMs and likewise officially support 8 GB of RAM, but actually can support as much as 16 GB of RAM. These models do not run versions of OS X prior to OS X 10.7 'Lion.'

Much like the identification help, these details are easiest to visualize as a chart:

MacBook Pro

Model Identifier

SO-DIMM

Max

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

16 GB†

1066 PC3-8500

16 GB†

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1066 PC3-8500

8 GB

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1333 PC3-10600

16 GB*

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB*

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB*

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB*

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB*

1600 PC3-12800

16 GB*

† Officially, these two models support 8 GB of RAM, but they actually can support 16 GB of RAM. However, this is if and only if they are running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, have been updated to use the latest EFI, and are equipped with proper specification memory modules.

* Officially, these models all support 8 GB of RAM, but they actually support 16 GB when running any compatible version of (Mac) OS X.

RAM Upgrade Instructions

Apple explains how to install memory starting on page 35 of the 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch 'Mid-2009', 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch 'Mid-2010,' and 13-Inch, 15-Inch and 17-Inch 'Early 2011' MacBook Pro User Guides, respectively, and this provides most of what you need to know to upgrade the pre-installed memory.

The 'Late 2011' MacBook Pro models are so similar to the 'Early 2011' models that Apple didn't bother to release an updated instruction manual. For the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro line, Apple's 'Quickstart' Guide does not cover RAM installation, but the procedure is the same as earlier models.

However, perhaps even better than drawings, OWC provides convenient step-by-step videos of the process for the 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch models alike.

13' MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade Video
Mid-2009, Mid-2010, Early 2011, Late 2011 & Non-Retina Mid-2012

15' MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade Video
Mid-2009, Mid-2010, Early 2011, Late 2011 & Non-Retina Mid-2012

17' MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade Video
Mid-2009, Mid-2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

After watching these videos, it should be clear that upgrading the RAM is easy. However, if you do not feel comfortable -- or have the time -- to perform the upgrade yourself, hiring a professional always is a good option.

MacBook Pro RAM Purchase Options

Just because RAM meets the minimum listed criteria does not mean that it will necessarily function as intended in a particular Mac. Be sure to buy from a quality vendor that has tested their RAM with your Mac to ensure full compatibility.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory as well as storage for all MacBook Pro models for do-it-yourself upgrades.

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Also see:

  • How do you upgrade the hard drive in the 'Mid-2009' through 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? What type of hard drive do these models support? How do you replace the hard drive with an SSD?
  • How do you replace the optical drive in the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro models with a hard drive or SSD? Is it possible?

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch 'Core 2 Duo' 2.26 (SD/FW) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2009 13' - MB990LL/A - MacBookPro5,5 - A1278 - 2326*

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The MacBook Pro 'Core 2 Duo' 2.26 13' (SD/Firewire 800 - Mid-2009) features a 45 nm 'Penryn' 2.26 GHz Intel 'Core 2 Duo' processor (P7550 or P8400), with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 3 MB shared 'on chip' level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 1 GB modules), a 160 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL 'SuperDrive', a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 'graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory', integrated iSight, and an LED-backlit 13.3' widescreen TFT active-matrix 'glossy' display (1280x800 native resolution).
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire '800' port, two USB 2.0 ports, the same 'combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analog audio line in)' port used by the iPhone, a 'Mini DisplayPort' that supports an external display at 2560x1600, and an SD card slot.
Although this model is packed in essentially the same 'Unibody' case design -- one milled from a single block of aluminum -- as the 13-Inch 'non-Pro' MacBook that it replaced, and it has the same backlit keyboard and 'no button' glass 'multi-touch' trackpad with support for 'four finger' gestures and programmable 'zones', and a very similar internal architecture, there are notable differences as well. The 'Mid-2009' 13-Inch MacBook Pro models support more RAM, have an improved display (said to have '60% greater color gamut'), and have a non-swappable battery design that provides 7 hours of battery life (up from 5 hours). They also add the aforementioned SD card slot and a Firewire '800' port, but drop the previously standard optical digital audio input capabilities.
Also see:

  • What are the differences between the 'Mid-2009' 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models?
  • What are the differences between the 'SD/Firewire 800 - Mid-2009' 13-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models and the 'Late 2008/Unibody' non-Pro MacBook notebooks that they replaced?

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Introduction Date:June 8, 2009 Discontinued Date:April 13, 2010
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 2009.
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 MacBookPro5,5 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 MacBookPro5,5 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 MacBookPro5,5 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 MacBookPro5,5 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 MacBookPro5,5 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:2.26 GHz Processor Type:Core 2 Duo (P7550*)
Details:*These systems have a 2.26 GHz Intel 'Core 2 Duo' 45 nm 'Penryn' processor. Specifically, some have a P7550 whereas others have a P8400. Both include two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip.
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2009' 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
Details:N/A
Details:Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro?
System Bus Speed:1066 MHzCache Bus Speed:2.26 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type:EFIEFI Architecture:64-Bit
L1 Cache:32k/32kL2/L3 Cache:3 MB (on chip)
Details:Includes a 3 MB shared 'on chip' level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
Details:Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM.
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the 'Mid-2009' 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
Details:2 GB of RAM is installed as two 1 GB modules, no slots free.
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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:Apple recommends that one install RAM in matched pairs for optimum performance.
Details:This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have 'dedicated' and 'integrated' video memory?
Details:Apple reports that 'memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB'.
Built-in Display:13.3' WidescreenNative Resolution:1280x800
Details:13.3' color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix 'glossy' display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple heralded this display as providing '60% greater color gamut' than the 'Unibody' MacBook models that this system replaced.
Apple reports that this system also supports '1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched.'
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2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600
Details:The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
Standard Storage:160 GB HDDStd. Storage Speed:5400 RPM
Details:By custom configuration, this model also could be configured with a 250 GB, 320 GB, or 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$50, US$100, or US$200, respectively. It also could be configured with a 128 GB SSD or 256 GB SSD for an additional US$400 or US$850, respectively.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the 'Mid-2009' 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? What type of hard drive do these models support? Can one replace the hard drive with an SSD?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
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Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:2.5' (9.5 mm)Storage Interface:Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details:This model supports a single SATA II (3 Gb/s) 2.5' hard drive or SSD that is up to 9.5 mm thick.
Standard Optical:8X DL 'SuperDrive'Standard Disk:None
Details:Apple reports that this slot-loading 'SuperDrive' (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of '8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW' and a maximum read speed of '8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD'.
Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a 'Data Doubler' mounting kit that may be of interest. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the optical drive bay of this MacBook Pro.
Standard Modem:NoneStandard Ethernet:10/100/1000Base-T
Details:External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) was available for US$49.
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/nStandard Bluetooth:2.1+EDR
Details:AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
Details:Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire '800' port.
Details:This model has an SD 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.
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Also see: Are SD Card slot storage expansion options available for the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro models? Which are compatible? Is this type of storage a good idea for these models?
Incl. Keyboard:Full-sizeIncl. Input:Trackpad (4 Finger)
Details:Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has '78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted 'T' arrangement).' It does not have an embedded numeric keypad. This keyboard is backlit.
The glass 'multi-touch' trackpad supports 'supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities'.
Details:This MacBook Pro uses a black and silver 'unibody' case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a 'catchless' magnetic latch.
Apple Order No:MB990LL/AApple Subfamily:Mid-2009 13'
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1278 (EMC 2326*)Model ID:MacBookPro5,5
Details:*Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.
Also see: All Macs with the A1278 Model Number, the 2326* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro5,5 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
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Details:Apple originally reported that this model had a '58-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' that provides '7 hours of wireless productivity,' which the company quietly changed to later report a 60-watt-hour battery with the same estimated battery life.
Also see: What is the 'real-world' battery life of the 'Mid-2009' 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo models? How does the battery life of each compare to the model each replaced?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells quality batteries for this MacBook Pro.
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Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.5.7 (9J3050)Maximum MacOS:X 10.11.x*
Details:*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' as well as OS X 10.9 'Mavericks' except for 'Power Nap' and 'AirPlay Mirroring' (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or higher). It also supports the last version of OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' and OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' -- including Mac-to-Mac AirDrop capability -- but no other advanced features are supported. It is not capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) or subsequent versions of the macOS at all.
Please note that OS X 'Lion' 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the 'Rosetta' environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard' or earlier.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X El Capitan (10.11)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
Minimum Windows:XP SP2 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:7 (64-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit version of Windows XP SP2 as well as the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-Bit and 64-bit versions of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
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?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94Avg. Weight:4.5 lbs (2.04 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).
Original Price (US):US$1199Est. Current Retail:US$250-US$350
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): 1 (Mini DisplayPort) Floppy (Ext.): None
Details:Supports external display in dual display and mirroring modes. DVI, Dual-Link DVI, and VGA supported by optional Apple adapters (sold separately).
2009
Details:N/A
Details:N/A
Details:Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire '800' port.
Details:No internal modem. External Apple USB modem offered for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.
Details:N/A
Details:Internal omnidirectional microphone. Has a single 'combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analog audio line in)' port (the same as the mic/headphone port used by the iPhone).
Details:Has a single 'combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analog audio line in)' port (the same as the mic/headphone port used by the iPhone).
Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V AC, 60W 'MagSafe' power adapter. Also see: What is the 'Magsafe' power connector? How does it work? How was it designed to not cause data loss?

Global original prices for the MacBook Pro 13-Inch 'Core 2 Duo' 2.26 (SD/FW) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:N/A United States:US$1199

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Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:N/AFinland:¤1149
Ireland:¤1149Italy:¤1149
Norway:NOK 10.490 Portugal:¤1149
Switzerland:CHF 1'549 United Kingdom:£899

Original Prices - Asia

India:N/A Indonesia:N/A
Malaysia:N/AThe Philippines:N/A
Thailand:N/AVietnam:N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand


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