MacBook Pro Model A1278
MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.9 13" Mid-2012 2.9 GHz Core i7 (I7-3520M)
Intro. June 11, 2012 Disc. October 22, 2013*
Order MD102LL/A Model A1278 (EMC 2554*)
Family Mid-2012 13" ID MacBookPro9,2
RAM 8 GB VRAM 768 MB*
Storage 750 GB HDD Optical 8X DL "SuperDrive"
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.
Tech SpecsPortsGlobal Original PricesPopular Q&As
Introduction Date: June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date: October 22, 2013*
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): 7841 Geekbench 2 (64): 8406
Geekbench 3 (32): 2930 Geekbench 3 (32): 5979
Geekbench 3 (64): 3239 Geekbench 3 (64): 6708
Geekbench 4 (SC): 3373 Geekbench 4 (MC): 6570
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).
Turbo Boost: 3.6 GHz Custom Speeds: N/A
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 5 GT/s* Cache Bus Speed: 2.9 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k x2 L2/L3 Cache: 256k x2, 4 MB
RAM Type: PC3-12800 DDR3L Min. RAM Speed: 1600 MHz
Details: Supports 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
How much RAM of what type do they support?
Standard RAM: 8 GB Maximum RAM: 16 GB*
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.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 2
Video Card: HD Graphics 4000 VRAM Type: Integrated
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"
Standard VRAM: 768 MB* Maximum VRAM: 768 MB*
Built-in Display: 13.3" Widescreen Native 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."
In the US, site sponsor BeetsTech sells Apple OEM parts. Apple parts available
include display panels, logic boards, graphics cards, interior cables and
sensors, and more for this MacBook Pro.
Worldwide, site sponsor Shenzhen Parts sells quality, brand new, factory-direct
parts with global shipping and bulk discounts for repair shops. Replacement
parts include displays, keyboards, trackpads, speakers, cameras, and more
for this MacBook Pro.
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd 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 HDD Std. 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,
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 Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.
In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells storage upgrades for this
Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions: 2.5" (9.5 mm) Storage Interface: Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
Standard Optical: 8X DL "SuperDrive" Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*) Standard Bluetooth: 4.0
USB Ports: 2 (3.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (800)
Expansion Slots: SDXC Card Slot Expansion Bays: None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
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-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (Inertial)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook (Unibody)
Apple Order No: MD102LL/A Apple Subfamily: Mid-2012 13"
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.
Battery Type: 63.5 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 7 Hours
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 Australia, site sponsor Macfixit is a local distributor of OWC batteries for
this MacBook Pro.
In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.7.3 (11D2515) Maximum MacOS: Current*
Minimum Windows: 7 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 10 (64-Bit)*
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows 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 8.94 Avg. Weight: 4.5 lbs (2.06 kg)
Original Price (US): US$1499 Est. Current Retail: US$850-US$1050
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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