15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012)

by Sean P. Aune | October 30, 2012

On June 11, 2012, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco Apple introduced a new third generation MacBook Pro, marketed as the “MacBook Pro with Retina display” to differentiate it from the updated models of the previous generation released earlier that day. The new model includes Intel’s third generation Core i7 processors (Ivy Bridge microarchitecture) along with USB 3.0 integrated, and a high-resolution 15.4″ IPS 2880×1800-pixel Retina display. Other new or changed features include a second Thunderbolt port, an HDMI port, and a new thinner MagSafe port, dubbed the ‘MagSafe 2.

Apple - 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012)
Display Size 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 pixel display (221 ppi)
Resolution X 2880
Resolution Y 1800
Display Type Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Resolution Specs
  • 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels
Operating System Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Processor
  • 2.3GHz 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 8MB shared L3 cache.
RAM
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB.
Storage
  • 256GB Flash Storage
  • Configurable to 512GB or 768GB flash storage.
External Storage N/A
External Storage Specs N/A
Camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Input Output
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • Two Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • Headphone port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (sold separately)
Main Camera (Back) N/A
Secondary Camera (Front) N/A
Networks N/A
Networks
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;3 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)
Wi-Fi N/A
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Up to 7 hours wireless web
  • Up to 30 days standby time
  • Built-in 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port
NFC N/A
Connectivity N/A
Sensors N/A
GPS N/A
Height 0.71 inches (18.0 mm)
Width 14.3 inches (36.32 cm)
Depth 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Colors N/A
Supported Audio Formats N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A
Other Features
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement) with ambient light sensor
  • Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
In The Box N/A

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...