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Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch 'Core i9' 2.9 Touch/2018 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2018 15' (Touch Bar) - BTO/CTO - MacBookPro15,1 - A1990 - 3215

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The MacBook Pro 'Core i9' 2.9 15-Inch (Mid-2018 True Tone Display, Touch Bar, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) technically is a 'configure-to-order' configuration of either the MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.2 15' Touch Bar/Mid-2018 or MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.6 15' Touch Bar/Mid-2018, but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor, these models can be configured identically.
The MacBook Pro 'Core i9' 2.9 15-Inch (Mid-2018 True Tone Display, Touch Bar, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) is powered by a 14 nm, 8th Generation 'Coffee Lake' 2.9 GHz Intel 'Core i9' processor (8950HK), with six independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 12 MB shared level 3 cache, 16 GB of onboard 2400 MHz LPDDR4 SDRAM -- which could be upgraded to 32 GB at the time of purchase, but cannot be upgraded later -- either 256 GB or 512 GB of onboard flash storage standard, and dual graphics processors -- either an AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory -- as well as an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Externally, this notebook has an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam, a thin, backlit 'third generation' butterfly mechanism keyboard with an integrated 'Touch Bar' touch-sensitive control that adapts for different applications and provides Touch ID login support in lieu of traditional function keys, and a gigantic 'Force Touch' trackpad.
Additionally, it has a high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4' widescreen 2880x1800 (220 ppi, 500 nits) 'Retina' display with True Tone technology, and a integrated battery that provides an Apple estimated 10 hours of runtime.
This notebook is offered in either silver colored aluminum or a darker 'Space Gray' colored aluminum housing (but not other colors) and weighs just a bit more than 4 pounds (1.83 kg).
Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, four 'Thunderbolt 3' ports (USB-C connector), and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Compared to its predecessor, this model has an improved display and keyboard as well as a more advanced processor and architecture and the option of twice as much RAM and storage by custom configuration.
Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the 13-Inch and 15-Inch 'Mid-2018' MacBook Pro models? (In-Depth)
  • What are all the differences between the 'Mid-2018' MacBook Pro models and the 'Mid-2017' models replaced? (In-Depth)
  • What are the 'pros and cons' of the 'Touch Bar' MacBook Pro models? Is one right for me? (Quick Read)

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Introduction Date:July 12, 2018 Discontinued Date:May 21, 2019
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 2018.
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.
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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.
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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 MacBookPro15,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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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 MacBookPro15,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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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 MacBookPro15,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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Processor Speed:2.9 GHz Processor Type:Core i9 (I9-8950HK)
Details:This model is powered by a 14 nm, 64-bit 'Eighth Generation' Intel Mobile Core i9 'Coffee Lake' (I9-8950HK) processor which includes six independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 12 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 4.8 GHz for this model) -- and 'Hyper Threading' -- which allows the system to recognize twelve total 'cores' or 'threads' (six real and six virtual).
Additionally, this MacBook Pro has a secondary 'T2' processor for 'enhanced security,' which includes secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities as well as enhanced image processing.
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2018' MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models replaced?
Details:N/A
Details:Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the Retina Display MacBook Pro models?
System Bus Speed:8 GT/s (DMI3)*Cache Bus Speed:2.9 GHz (Built-in)
Details:*This system has a 'Direct Media Interface' -- specifically DMI3 -- that 'connects between the processor and chipset' in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 8 GT/s.
Details:N/A
Details:*Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 12 MB of shared level 3 cache.
Details:Ships standard with 16 GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 SDRAM onboard.
Details:*By default, 16 GB of RAM is onboard. It could be upgraded to 32 GB of RAM at the time of system purchase, but it cannot be upgraded later.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:There are no RAM slots. 16 GB of RAM is onboard. It could be upgraded to 32 GB of RAM at the time of system purchase, but it cannot be upgraded later.
Details:*This model has dual graphics processors. Depending on its base configuration, it either has AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM and an Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics processor that shares system memory. Starting on November 14, 2018, Apple added AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics processors, both with 4 GB of HBM2 memory, as optional upgrades at the time of system purchase for an additional US$250 and US$350, respectively.
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 AMD graphics, otherwise it will use the integrated Intel graphics to conserve battery life).
Details:The AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X graphics processor each have 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The 'integrated' Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics processor shares memory with the system for graphics function.
*On October 30, 2018, Apple quietly noted in a MacBook Air press release that it would be possible to upgrade this MacBook Pro model to Radeon Pro Vega graphics in the future and the company began to offer this option on November 14, 2018. Specifically, if this BTO/CTO option starts as the higher-end MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.6 15' Touch/Mid-2018 (MR942LL/A) and is customized with a faster processor accordingly, the stock graphics also can be upgraded to a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20, either with 4 GB of HBM2 memory, for an additional US$250 or US$350, respectively.
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 has a brightness rating of 500 nits and a wide color gamut (P3), and True Tone technology, as well. It also supports scaled resolutions of 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640.
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2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring*2nd Max. Resolution:5120x2880 x2*
Details:*In addition to simultaneous support of the internal display, this model supports a maximum resolution up to 5120x2880 at 60 Hz at over a billion colors on up to two external displays or up to 4096x2304 resolution at 60 Hz at over a billion colors on up to four external displays via Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C).
Standard Storage:256, 512 GB SSD*Std. Storage Speed:N/A
Details:*By default, this model shipped with a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD, but it could be upgraded at the time of purchase to 1 TB, 2 TB, or 4 TB at additional cost.
Also see: What SSD storage options are available for the 'Touch Bar' MacBook Pro models? Is it even possible to upgrade the storage?
Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:SolderedStorage Interface:Onboard*
Details:*This model has onboard PCIe 3.0-based storage that cannot be upgraded.
Details:*This MacBook Pro does not have an internal optical drive. Furthermore, using it with the increasingly vintage external Apple SuperDrive requires an adapter.
Details:*This model does not have an internal Ethernet port.
Also see: How do you connect the 'Touch Bar' MacBook Pro to a wired Ethernet network? Is it even possible?
Details:802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible) and Bluetooth 5.0 standard.
Details:*This model has four Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C connector) that also support the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard (up to 10 Gbps).
Details:This model does not have any expansion slots or bays.
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Incl. Keyboard:Full-sizeIncl. Input:Trackpad (Force Touch)
Details:Apple reports that the 'improved third-generation' integrated keyboard has '64 (US) or 65 (ISO) keys, including 4 arrow keys' as well as a customizable 'Touch Bar' with integrated Touch ID login support. It has an ambient light sensor, too.
The 'Force Touch' trackpad offers 'precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures.'
Case Type:NotebookForm Factor:15' MacBook Pro (Touch Bar)
Details:This MacBook Pro uses a thin black and silver or black and dark 'Space Gray' 'unibody' case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a 'catchless' magnetic latch. It does have integrated 'Touch Bar' capability with Touch ID login support.
Apple Order No:BTO/CTOApple Subfamily:Mid-2018 15' (Touch Bar)
Details:Because this model is a custom configuration of either the MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.2 15' Touch Bar/Mid-2018 or MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.6 15' Touch Bar/Mid-2018, it does not have its own order number.
In some locations, Apple just refers to this model as the 'MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018).'
Apple Model No:A1990 (EMC 3215)Model ID:MacBookPro15,1
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1990 Model Number, the 3215 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro15,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type:83.6 W h Li-PolyBattery Life:10 Hours
Details:Apple reports that this model has a '83.6-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' that provides 'up to' 10 hours of wireless web or iTunes movie playback. It is glued in place and cannot be replaced by an end user. It has an 87W USB-C power adapter, too.
Also see: How do you replace the battery in the 'Touch Bar' MacBook Pro models? Is it possible?
Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.13.6 (17G2112)Maximum MacOS:Current
Details:This system fully supports the final version of macOS High Sierra (10.13). Running macOS High Sierra (10.13), this model does support HEVC hardware acceleration.
This model also is compatible with the final version of macOS Mojave (10.14) and final version of macOS Catalina (10.15), including support for Dolby Atmos. It is fully compatible with the current version of macOS Big Sur (macOS 11), as well. When paired with a compatible iPad, it supports the Sidecar feature, too.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)? What are the system requirements? What are the major new features?
Minimum Windows:10 (64-Bit)*Maximum Windows:10 (64-Bit)*
Details:*The pre-installed version of Apple's Boot Camp 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?
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Dimensions:0.61 x 13.75 x 9.48Avg. Weight:4.02 lbs (1.83 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (1.55 cm, 34.93 cm, 24.07 cm).
Original Price (US):US$2799, US$3099*Est. Current Retail:US$1700-US$2000
Details:*This MacBook Pro was offered as a processor upgrade option for either MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.2 15' Touch Bar/Mid-2018 or MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.6 15' Touch Bar/Mid-2018. If otherwise stock configured, the price of the processor upgrade brought the total price to US$2799 and US$3099, respectively. Other configurations also were available. The price was the same regardless of color.
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): 4 (Thunderbolt 3/USB-C) Floppy (Ext.): None
Details:This model has four Thunderbolt 3 ports. These four ports support charging the notebook, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps), and USB 3.1 Generation 2 (up to 10 Gbps). An adapter is offered to connect the Thunderbolt 2 standard to Thunderbolt 3.
Details:N/A
Details:N/A
Details:*This model has four Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C connector) that also support the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard (up to 10 Gbps).
Details:No internal modem or Ethernet, although an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available for optional purchase. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 are standard.
Details:N/A
Details:Three internal microphones. Has a single 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Details:Has a single 3.5 mm headphone jack. It does not support optical audio.
Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V AC, 87W USB-C power adapter. This model does not support a 'MagSafe' connector.

Global original prices for the MacBook Pro 15-Inch 'Core i9' 2.9 Touch/2018 in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Macbook pro sonos app.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $65,199, $72,699 United States:US$2799, US$3099*

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 24,939, 27,519Finland:¤3379, ¤3739
Ireland:¤3379, ¤3739Italy:¤3379, ¤3739
Luxembourg:¤3170,59, ¤3518,70Netherlands:¤3279, ¤3639
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Spain:¤3279, ¤3639Sweden:SEK 32.395, 35.695
Switzerland:CHF 3'137, 3'466.90 United Kingdom:£2699, £2969

Original Prices - Asia

China:RMB 21,985, 24,244 Hong Kong:HK$21,988, HK$24,328
Japan:¥302,800, ¥335,800Korea:KRW 3,490,000, 3,857,500
Malaysia:RM 11,599, 12,898The Philippines:PHP 173,990, 188,990
Singapore:S$3,988, S$4,408Taiwan:NT$89,900, NT$99,680

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

Australia:A$4099, A$4579 New Zealand:NZ$4699, NZ$5209

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch 'Core i7' 2.9 Mid-2012 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 13' - MD102LL/A - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*

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The MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.9 13-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22 nm 'Ivy Bridge' 2.9 GHz Intel 'Core i7' processor (3520M), with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL 'SuperDrive', an 'integrated' Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam, 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 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire '800' port, two USB 3.0 ports, a 'Thunderbolt' port, audio in/out, and an SDXC card slot.
This model uses a 'Unibody' aluminum case design -- milled from a single piece of aluminum -- and has a backlit keyboard, a 'no button' glass 'inertial' multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.
Compared to its predecessor, this model essentially is identical externally with the exception of the aforementioned USB 3.0 ports. Internally, however, it has a faster processor, architecture, graphics, and RAM.
Also see:

  • What are the differences between the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models?
  • What are the differences between the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models and the 'Late 2011' MacBook Pro models that they replaced?

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Introduction Date:June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date:October 22, 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.
*On October 22, 2013, Apple discontinued this model as a standard configuration, but it remained available as a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro 'Core i5' 2.5 13' Mid-2012 (MD101LL/A).
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 MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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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.
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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 MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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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 MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
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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.
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Processor Speed:2.9 GHz Processor Type:Core i7 (I7-3520M)
Details:This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 'Ivy Bridge' (I7-3520M) processor which includes two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 4 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 3.6 GHz for this model) -- and 'Hyper Threading' -- which allows the system to recognize four total 'cores' or 'threads' (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro 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 models?
System Bus Speed:5 GT/s*Cache Bus Speed:2.9 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.
Details:N/A
Details:Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 4 MB of shared level 3 cache.
Details:Supports 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
Details:8 GB of RAM is installed as two 4 GB modules, no slots free.
*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but third-parties have determined that this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules.
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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:N/A
Details:This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor 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 and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, with 4 GB of RAM installed, the graphics processor uses 512 MB of RAM for video function. With 8 GB of RAM, 768 MB is reserved for video function and with 16 GB of RAM, 1 GB is reserved for video function.
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 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.
Also see: Are there any adapters or 'hacks' that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?
Standard Storage:750 GB HDDStd. Storage Speed:5400 RPM
Details:By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$100. It also can be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$100, US$400, or US$900, respectively.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive or SSD in the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? What type of storage do these models support?
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:2.5' (9.5 mm)Storage Interface:Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
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Details:This model supports a single SATA III (6 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
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*)Standard Bluetooth:4.0
Details:AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard. *This model unofficially supports 450 Mbit/sec 802.11n Wi-Fi using MIMO.
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), one Firewire '800' (up to 800 Mbps) port.
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'.
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:MD102LL/AApple Subfamily:Mid-2012 13'
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1278 (EMC 2554*)Model ID:MacBookPro9,2
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 2554* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro9,2 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 '63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' that provides 'up to 7 hours of wireless web' use.
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 10.7.3 (11D2515)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' with the exception of the 'Power Nap' feature. 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?
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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:0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94Avg. Weight:4.5 lbs (2.06 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).
Original Price (US):US$1499Est. Current Retail:US$400-US$650
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 (Thunderbolt) 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.
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Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one Firewire '800' (up to 800 Mbps) port.
Details:No internal modem. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
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Details:Internal omnidirectional microphone. Has a single 'audio in/out' port.
Details:Has a single 'audio in/out' port.
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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 i7' 2.9 Mid-2012 in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $25,999 United States:US$1499

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 12,099Finland:¤1599
Ireland:¤1599Italy:¤1579
Norway:NOK 12.490 Portugal:¤1599
Switzerland:CHF 1'699 United Kingdom:£1249

Original Prices - Asia

India:Rs 99,900 Indonesia:Rp 14,999,000
Malaysia:RM 4,599The Philippines:PHP 72,990

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Thailand:THB 49,900Vietnam:VND 34,499,000

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