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

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Identifiers: Mid-2012 15' - MD103LL/A - MacBookPro9,1 - A1286 - 2556*

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The MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.3 15-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) 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, 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, an 8X DL 'SuperDrive', dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512 MB 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.
The standard configuration of this model has an LED-backlit 15.4' widescreen TFT active-matrix 'glossy' display (1440x900 native resolution), but also was available via custom configuration with a 'high-res' glossy or antiglare 1680x1050 display for an additional US$100.
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, separate audio in and out ports, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:2.3 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' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
Turbo Boost:3.3 GHz Custom Speeds:2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz*
Details:*Starting February 13, 2013, this model additionally could be custom configured with a 2.6 GHz Core i7 (I7-3720QM) or 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3740QM) processor for an extra US$200 or US$450, respectively.
The 2.6 GHz Core i7 (I7-3720QM) processor has a 6 MB level 3 cache and supports 'Turbo Boost 2.0' up to 3.6 GHz and 'Hyper Threading' with four 'virtual cores' or 'threads.'
The 2.7 GHz Core i7 (I7-3820QM) 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 these configurations as separate models.
Details:Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the 'Unibody' 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.
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: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:4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 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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Details:N/A
Details:*This system has dual graphics processors -- a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512 MB 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: 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:The NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor has 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The 'integrated' Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor shares memory with the system (This graphics processor reserves 512 MB, 768 MB, or 1 GB of RAM for video function by with 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM installed, respectively).
Built-in Display:15.4' WidescreenNative Resolution:1440x900
Details:By default, this model has a 15.4' color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix 'glossy' display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. However, it also is available via custom configuration with a 'high-resolution glossy' 1680x1050 display and a 'high-resolution antiglare' 1680x1050 display each for an additional US$100.
In addition to the native resolution, Apple reports that the default display also supports '1280 by 800, 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:500 GB HDDStd. Storage Speed:5400 RPM
Details:By custom configuration, this model originally could be equipped with a 750 GB 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM hard drive for an additional US$100 or US$150, respectively, a 1 TB hard drive or 128 GB SSD for an additional US$200, a 256 GB SSD for an additional US$500, or a 512 GB SSD for an additional US$1000. On February 13, 2013, Apple lowered the prices on the 256 GB and 512 GB SSD to an additional US$400 and US$700, 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?
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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 (6 Gb/s)
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'.
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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.
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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 (Unibody)
Details:By default, this MacBook Pro uses a black and silver 'unibody' case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a 'catchless' magnetic latch. However, if configured with an 'anti-glare' (matte) display, it has a silver border framing the display rather than a black border.
Apple Order No:MD103LL/AApple Subfamily:Mid-2012 15'
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1286 (EMC 2556*)Model ID:MacBookPro9,1
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 A1286 Model Number, the 2556* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro9,1 Model Identifier.
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Details:Apple reports that this model has a '77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' that provides 'up to 7 hours of wireless web' use.
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Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.7.3 (11D2097)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?
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
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Dimensions:0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82Avg. Weight:5.6 lbs (2.56 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 36.4 cm, 24.9 cm).
Original Price (US):US$1799Est. Current Retail:US$500-US$750
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.
Details:N/A
Details:Internal omnidirectional microphone. Independent audio line in minijack (digital/analog) and audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog).
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Details:Has an independent audio line in minijack (digital/analog) and audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog).
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Details:100V-240V AC, 85W '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 15-Inch 'Core i7' 2.3 Mid-2012 in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Mexico:MXN $30,999 United States:US$1799

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 14,599Finland:¤1949
Ireland:¤1949Italy:¤1899
Norway:NOK 14.990 Portugal:¤1949
Switzerland:CHF 2'049 United Kingdom:£1499

Original Prices - Asia

India:Rs 122,900 Indonesia:Rp 17,999,000
Malaysia:RM 5,499The Philippines:PHP 87,990
Thailand:THB 59,900Vietnam:VND 41,499,000

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