Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9 13″ (Retina 2012)

The perfect compromise for those seeking a compact yet powerful platform

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display models combine an impressive high-resolution LED-backlit 13.3″ widescreen 2560×1600 (227 ppi) Retina display with an elegant, light case design (3.5 lbs/1.57 kg).

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been called a “sealed” design. The RAM is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded after purchase and the “integrated” battery is impossible to safely remove. In effect, this means that most damages sustained by one of these systems will require replacement of the logic board.

Most savvy users will agree that the MacBook Pro is an absolutely fantastic system for designers, and the new Retina Display models uphold that consensus. The high-resolution displays provide unrivaled clarity down to the smallest detail.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also employed heavily by video editors, photographers, developers, and even gamers.

Smaller and lighter than it’s big brother, the 13″ MacBook Pro is the perfect compromise for those seeking the compact, mobile platform provided by Apple’s MacBook Air series of laptops while retaining the trademark power of the MacBook Pro.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The blazing fast MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9 13-Inch (Late 2012 Retina) features a 22 nm “Ivy Bridge” 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (3520M), with dual independent processor cores on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (not upgradeable), 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage, an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system, as well as a 720p FaceTime HD webcam. This model has a beautiful 13.3″ color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2560 by 1600 native resolution at 227 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It does not have an internal optical drive.

Connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports, 3-stream AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, two Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, an audio in/out port, and an SDXC card slot. It does not have Gigabit Ethernet or Firewire 800.

This model has a MagSafe 2 power adapter, backlit keyboard, a “no button” glass inertial multi-touch trackpad, and an internal, sealed battery that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.

2.9 GHz Core i7 (I7-3520M)
HD Graphics 4000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
13.3″ Widescreen 2560×1600
Details: This model has a 13.3″ color widescreen LED-backlit display with IPS technology with a 2560 by 1600 native resolution at 227 ppi (178-degree viewing angle). It also supports scaled resolutions of 1680 by 1050, 1440 by 900, and 1024 by 640.
Dual/Mirroring* 2560×1600 (x2*)
Details: *This model supports a simultaneous maximum resolution up to 2560×1600 on two external displays via Thunderbolt. Alternately, it can support a single display up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt and a single display up to 1920×1200 via HDMI.
128 GB, 256 GB SSD Proprietary* (6 Gb/s)
None* None
None None*
Details: *This model does not have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n (3-Stream) 4.0
2 (3.0) None
SDXC Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook 13″ MacBook Pro (Retina)
BTO/CTO Retina Late 2012
A1425 (EMC 2557) MacBookPro10,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. Also see: All Macs with the A1425 Model Number, the 2557 EMC Number, and the MacBookPro10,2 Model Identifier.
74 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.8.2 (12C2034) Current
Original Price (US): $1899

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