15-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2013)

Wednesday (tradition also sometimes change) February 13, 2013 in the online Apple store has updated both the initial configuration of the first MacBook Pro with Retina Display, only now it was called differently: MacBook Pro. Apparently even they sometimes doubt…

Another page of history was turned upside down. Now, whether you like it or not, everything is just so: the screen with fantastic resolution, an almost fatal inability to change anything in the configuration.

At first glance, externally and internally of the first and second iteration of the MacBook Pro with Retina display was almost identical. In the second iteration, only used a more powerful processor (the same third-generation Intel Core, Ivy Bridge, manufactured on 22 nm technology). No more differences – officially.

In fact, the number of components from Apple increased access to elements of the design became even more complex. It’s time to remember the days of the first Mac, in the case of which, near the head of the screw (not removing that to open the case was impossible), was the inscription: “do Not open, inside there is nothing interesting”.

I started with the most important and serious drawback of the February MacBook Pro, but I wouldn’t want you getting the wrong impression about this computer. In fact, he was wonderful, easy, delicious and powerful. Many of these machines still in service. And still cope with their tasks.

This is the twenty-second part of a series about the MacBook Pro, the previous part of the series here:
The first part: The second Intel Mac;
Second part: MacBook Pro: debut;
Third part: April 2006: MacBook Pro 17” and “school of the young fighter”;
The fourth part: the Regular MacBook Pro, as always in October;
Fifth part: MacBook Pro “Santa Rosa”: this is a speed-bump?;
Sixth part: update the MacBook Pro, February 2008;
Seventh part: MacBook Pro (NVIDIA) – from a single bar of aluminium…;
Eighth part: 17” MacBook Pro and the latest MacWorld…;
Ninth part: MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) 13-inch…;
Tenth part: MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) 15 – inch and 17-inch…;
Eleventh part: MacBook Pro (13”, Mid-2010) and the echo of someone else’s war…;
The twelfth part: Another mobile breakthrough 2010…;
Thirteenth part: 15 – inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2010), Core i5/Core i7;
The fourteenth part: MacBook Pro (Early 2011): three great breakthrough and a little bit about the lion;
The fifteenth part: MacBook Pro (Early 2011): a great little computer;
The sixteenth part: a Full-size MacBook Pro (Early 2011);
The seventeenth part: MacBook Pro (Late 2011): cops and scandal…;
Eighteenth part: the Last of the classic MacBook Pro;
The nineteenth part: MacBook Pro Retina, 2012;
Twentieth part: MacBook Pro (Late 2012) is a generally “Pro”?;
Twenty-first part: MacBook Pro 13-inch (Early 2013) – return to earth prices.

The vicissitudes of elite design

The body of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is absolutely no different from the body of his ancestor. Is it some kind of elegant label would destroy the harmony?

The first and the second iteration had a lot in common. The identifier of the model (MacBookPro10,1) and model (A1398) was the same. However, to distinguish one from the other was possible, even two (not one!) ways. What a customer care!

In a tiny plate on the underside of the housing, which is made almost invisible, by law, specify the number of EMC (electromagnetic compatibility room), it in different iterations are different. In the first iteration, it 2512, the second – 2673.

The second method is to decode the serial number of the computer, there are special programs and services.

The second iteration in the online store

As in 2012, the initial configurations in the online store had two. I’ll call them 15/2,15/2 and 4,7. None of these configurations cannot be considered a “laptop economy class”. This chic and expensive machines, the basic configuration that cost in 2013 and 2 199 2 799 dollars.

As in the first iteration, the second used 4-core processors, 15/2,4 Intel Core i7 2.4 GHz (i7-3630QM), 6 MB cache third level, able to accelerate up to 3.4 GHz in the right conditions; 15/2,7 – Intel Core i7 2.7 GHz (i7-3740QM) with the same L3-cache, with a maximum clock frequency of 3.7 GHz.

The replacement option was provided in all configurations (if customers are willing to pay for it, why put in their way artificial limits?).

In the Configurator for 15/2,4 were offered two options – Intel Core i7 2.7 GHz (i7-3740QM) with a surcharge of $ 100 Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz (i7-3840QM) with cache in the third level of 8 MB and a maximum clock frequency of 3.8 GHz for 350.

In the configuration 15/2,7 offered only one option – Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz (i7-3840QM), also for $ 350. A little weird, for sure not only I was surprised. I probably just don’t understand something in their calculations.

Memory – PC3-12800 (1,600 MHz) DDR3L, consisting 15/2,4 it was 8 GB, the memory size can be increased to 16 GB, exclusively in the Configurator. Then someone at Apple has soldered the selected amount of memory in the motherboard, and it was forever.

The basic kit 15/2,7 included 16 Gigabytes of RAM. Still nobody knows could these MacBook Pro work with memory larger.


The graphics subsystem was exactly the same as in the first iteration, consisted of two graphics processors (Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M).

Switching between graphics modes was carried out automatically, the algorithm for determining the appropriate mode, in my opinion, was a bit blunt – but, in principle, in a new and good computer, it did not deliver any inconvenience.

Both processors consume 1 Gigabyte of RAM. HD Graphics 4000 took this Gigabytes of total RAM, GeForce GT 650M used their own GDDR5 memory.

Both processors have successfully coped with the unimaginable number of pixels (the resolution of Retina display – 2880х1800!), and without the surge of “dragging” yourself to two external monitors with resolution up to 2560 x 1600 each.


Officially, self-upgrade the SSD was impossible, in fact it wasn’t even particularly difficult. What most buyers didn’t know. This is a misconception brought on account of Apple large amounts of money, so it is no mystery. This was done on purpose.

In the configuration 15/2,4 included SSD volume of 256 GB. Not a standard SSD, and a set of flash memory on a special Board.

For an additional $ 300 you can install a SSD 512 Gigabytes, and $ 700 to increase the amount of drive to 768 Gigabytes.

Outside the “walls of fire” that surrounded Apple for $ 500-600 you could buy is compatible with the MacBook Pro sets the volume to 1 Terabyte. The kits included all the necessary tools, memory model, and detailed instructions.

Apple announced the improvised interface with the SSD, actually in MacBook Pro the first two iterations was identified Mini SATA III, 6 GB/s.

Configuration 15/2,7 included SSD 512 Gigabytes, instead of which, paying $ 400, you can install SSD to 768 GB.

To be continued

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