MacBook Pro (Late 2012) is a generally “Pro”?

Last performance of 2012, Apple gave at the California theatre in San Jose. In addition to the venue, everything was as always. Summarizing, unwavering optimism, and as usual no word about problems and failures. The first year without Steve over.

Opening the presentation, cook announced something left a trace in the memory of the Apple once in the past, happened in this very theatre at the First Street 345 South. What would it be? Not found. The place is really luxurious. Unusual.

Faces in the hall: Bertrand Serlet (former head and the chief ideologist of Mac OS X, and mentor teacher Craig Federighi who had already succeeded him in this post), Bob Mansfield and other people from the past. Hall more than a thousand full viewers. Officially the event for the press kind of press conference. Actually more than that. Apple has all the “little more” than all.

Video presentation (duration 01:12:43):

A strange place adjusts on an unusual twist. A moment of confusion could easily be used to declare something that would have changed history and forced those present to realize something very important – but that didn’t happen.

The front side of the invitation:

Promised on the front of the invitation was exactly. No poetry and no allegories. Poetry is over…

This is the twentieth 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.

Something between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Today we talk about the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. No magic, without which, more recently, to imagine Apple was impossible: almost everyone in the room already knew about this new product. It only remained to learn the details, and see… the worst.

Different era – different style. Unpredictability was a wonderful seasoning, but without it even better. People are strange creatures, even knowing the situation they manage to stay out of trouble. Better let them know.

As expected, the 13-inch rMBP (Retina MacBook Pro) was the smallest MacBook Pro in the entire history, although its body was four-tenths of a millimeter thicker than the 15-inch rMBP. And a laptop with the highest density of pixels per inch: 227 ppi. His older brother just 220 ppi.

To open his case wasn’t easy – it required not the most common in the world of a screwdriver, something like a tiny, five-petal Daisy. Though now about her incredible rarity it was possible to forget. But to open it was unnecessary. Just to clean the fans?

An autopsy conducted by iFixit in conjunction with the 3-week-old kitten (a colleague?), basically everything is confirmed, but the result was sensational: the 15-inch rMBP has assigned the worst possible indicator of fitness for repair (1 out of 10 on iFixit scale, where 10 is the absolute maintainability), but the new rMBP deserved 2 out of 10. Amazing?

The CPU and RAM soldered into the motherboard, you can replace it only with her. Flash memory, located on the daughter Board, was a unique and specific – but what about the uniqueness and specificity can speak with a circulation of several million pieces? In early 2013 I saw an ad for sets of increasing it up to 960 GB, with all the necessary screwdrivers and video manual included.

Nevertheless, “laptops of the future” was released from the temptation to upgrade them almost completely. This approach is suited not everything, but it was beginning to get used to. For many, the ability to upgrade was something from the “let it be”.

Pro are not Pro

The 13-inch rMBP someone of the journalists accused of incompetence. Replace the 2-core Ivy Bridge on a 4-core is impossible. Eight Gigabytes of RAM for any serious work enough (I wouldn’t be so categorical). It is slightly more powerful version of the MacBook Air, with radically enhanced visual display. Intermediate!

This “some journalists” were terribly unhappy with the integrated graphics from Intel (the same Intel HD Graphics 4000 as in the “classic” 13-inch MacBook Pro), stating that it is generally unheard of and unacceptable. In the “classic” 13-inch MacBook Pro to install a discrete graphics processor by the user is impossible, but it was a “real Pro”?

In 2019 to find that article I failed to remember about it because it was the most concentrated statement of the reasons for rejection rMBP in the media of the time.

About the same thing written by many. Or, at least, hinted. That’s just the world is not and cannot be the essence of “professional”, whose needs can be summarized in one sentence: the fields of professional human activities hundreds of thousands, many of them computer is not needed. In some of them the 13-inch rMBP is almost perfect. Almost all the others he would fit the role of the second computer.

And most importantly: the task Manager of the project “the 13-inch rMBP,” the engineers who created it, the marketing services and all involved in this project was to bring the company a profit. Brought. Everything else – the lyrics.

And with the designation “Something between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air” even I will not argue. This is obvious and natural.


The identifier of the model 13-inch rMBP was MacBookPro10,2. At the end of 2012 in the online store it was represented by two initial configurations that differ from one another in size SSD (128 and 256 GB) and price (1 699 1 999 dollars), and nothing else. A strange decision, but the owner of the master. I’ll use the singular.

Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz (i5-3210M), cache third level 3 MB, Ivy Bridge, in the mode of “Turbo Boost 2.0” is able to increase the clock speed to 3.1 GHz. Independent tests have confirmed (not just you doubted it): Turbo Boost 2.0 really works.

Only 2 physical cores (4 logical or). For the computer weight 1.62 kg – decent.

8 GB PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3L were part of the initial configuration, they had a maximum memory size. Not enough – but you can live.

Intel HD Graphics 4000 were taken for their needs 1 Gigabyte. All the rest had 7 GB, but OS X Mountain Lion managed sustainably and enough clever spin on this patch, including for very fast input/output.

The set of connectors is exactly the same (and are located) and the 15-inch rMBP. 13-inch without strain “dragged” up to three external displays, one resolution up to 1920×1200 with resolutions up to 2560×1600.

Neither Ethernet nor Firewire 800 ports collection was not, but with the help of adapters ($29.99 each) they could turn a Thunderbolt port, or even both.

In the Configurator the options were few, but they were interesting. For example, the built-in flash memory in the embodiment 1 for $ 699 (128 GB) can be replaced by SSD of 256 GB, 512 GB or 768 GB. For 300, 800 or 1300 dollars respectively.

The most interesting option is replacing the CPU with a more powerful Intel Core i7 2.9 GHz (i7-3520M), cache third level is 4 MB and the maximum clock frequency in turbo mode at 3.6 GHz. Upgrade costs only $ 200.

With all my love to the big and powerful computers, I can’t not mention what the thing was very attractive.

At the beginning of 2013… But that’s another story.

To be continued…

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