MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)


Family: MacBook Pro

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.8.2

Maximum OS: 10.10.4

Introduced: October 2012

Terminated: February 2013


CPU: Intel Core i5 Mobile ("Ivy Bridge")

CPU Speed: 2.5 GHz (2.9 GHz dual-core Core i7 BTO)

CPU Cores: 2

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 5 GT/s (DMI)

Register Width: 64-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 64-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 256 kB per-core (512 kB total)

Level 3 Cache: 3 MB on-processor


RAM Type: PC3-12800 DDR3L SO-DIMM

Minimum RAM Speed: 1600 MHz

Onboard RAM: 8 GB

Maximum RAM: 8 GB

Expansion Slots: SDXC card


Screen: 13.3" LED-backlit TFT

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000

VRAM: 768 MB shared (see notes)

Max Resolution: 2560x1600 ("retina")

Video Out: HDMI

Camera: 720p FaceTime HD


Flash Drive: 128/256 GB (512, 768 GB BTO)

ATA Bus: Serial-ATA


USB: 2 3.0

Firewire800: via adaptor

Thunderbolt: 2

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini (see notes)

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: dual mono


Ethernet: via adaptor

Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n (3-stream)

Bluetooth: 4.0


Power: 60 Watts

Battery Life: 7 hours (30 day standby)

Dimensions: .75" H x 12.35" W x 8.62" D

Weight: 3.57 lbs.


The MacBook Pro's graphics chipset used a portion of main memory as VRAM. Though reported as 768 MB, this was actually a minimum. Actual usage varied with graphics load, resulting in slightly less RAM available for system use. A single 3.5mm jack could be used for analog or optical audio out, or analog audio in.

Introduced in October 2012, the MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) brought the design and architectural improvements of the MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012) to the 13-inch form factor. It included a Hi-DPI "Retina" display, solid-state storage, and the same processor and graphics chipset as its non-retina contemporary, the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), in a significantly thinner case. As with the 15-inch model, however, this required making compromises: the RAM was soldered to the motherboard and could not be upgraded, storage sizes were smaller, firewire and ethernet ports were replaced with optional thunderbolt adapters, there was no optical drive, and it was significantly more expensive than the non-retina models. The MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) shipped in two configurations, each with a 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 8 GB of RAM:

  • 128 GB flash storage, $1699
  • 256 GB flash storage, $1999

Built-to-order options included a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor and flash storage of up to 768 GB. Apple may have misjudged the market in pricing the MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012): just four months later, MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013) was released with a significantly lower price.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.