The last of the classic MacBook Pro

These two models (13 – and 15-inch) was almost epic – it was the last MacBook Pro upgrade option. In a minute after they were declared “the future of the notebook”, a page in history was turned… the 17-inch MacBook Pro was removed from the list of the living. And the future of the notebook was very similar to the grown-up MacBook Air, which has become professional. It was a miracle that loves the audience that the novelty caused amazement “but how did they do that?” – reasons for this was enough.

But the modernization of he was unable. Almost. Like The MacBook Air.

A computer’s ability to upgrade is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it inspires the potential buyer a sense of security from the vagaries of time. Even those who never in my life will not change anything in its configuration.

Those who do use these features (ready or not ready) is still less than you might think. According to Apple’s estimates, a fifth of users, hardly more.

On the other hand, computers are able to improve live much longer. From the point of view of the owner it is great to be able to adapt to changing conditions. For the manufacturer it lost money: every survivor is nakuplennyh a new computer.

And to dispel a common misconception: the MacBook Pro without the possibility of upgrading was not a whim, Tim cook. It was the next step to the “laptop of the future”, the strategy invented by Steve jobs. He had a vision (with the accent on the first syllable): this must be the device not distracting the user from his work that do not require additional skills and knowledge – Apple is responsible for everything.

There was another argument: to assemble a computer from standard components in the shed. It requires skills and knowledge, and eventually can get a great computer, but it won’t be a work of art. Masterpieces are created differently: of the components of its own design and carefully optimized for this specific situation, third party.

They made this decision and went to him the first year. But about the Retina MacBook Pro will tell you another time. Back to the last of the classic MacBook Pro is still “very much alive”. One of them I write this text…

This is the eighteenth 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 solid block 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 echo 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): 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….

MacBook Pro (Mid 2012), not Retina

The main change in the new MacBook Pro was processor third-generation Core i3/i5/i7, Ivy Bridge, manufactured on 22 nm technology (the previous Bridge was made on less sophisticated technology 32 nm). Placed on the chip graphics processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 was 25-60 percent more productive than the Intel HD Graphics 3000, and more or less decent.

In all configurations of the 13-inch model only used it and no complaints were not. 15-inch configurations, Intel HD Graphics 4000 was complemented by discrete graphics from NVIDIA, the GeForce GT 650M. The graphics switching was automatic.

All new MacBook Pro was used for a more efficient type of RAM, PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3L SDRAM. Depending on the class the initial configuration it had 4 or 8 GB of such memory. The official maximum is 8 GB, but as you already probably guessed, in fact, the computer worked fine (and works) with 16 Gigabytes.

Replaced the USB 2.0 came the next, third, version USB. On Macs USB 3.0 connectors do not have to paint in the color blue: it is compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

The rest of the set of connectors was the same as in the previous MacBook Pro: Firewire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt.

And the screens were the same. 13-inch MacBook Pro with a native resolution of 1280×800. In 2012 the 13-inch display with a resolution of 1600×900 was common, some competitors it came up to 1920×1080 (HD!), but Apple was already preparing its elegant and devastating response.

15 inch native resolution standard of the display part set the initial configuration was 1440h900, but for $ 100 you could replace the screen with “high resolution” (the quotes denote irony) 1680×1050, according to the customer’s choice matte or glossy version.

Elegant and devastating response to competition was done about a minute after the presentation of the last of the classic MacBook Pro, but about it another time.

Options the 13-inch model

ID 13-inch model was MacBookPro9,2 (and the 15-inch it was MacBookPro9,1). Unusually (still “1” at the end meant the 13-inch model), but not significantly.

The initial configuration was two, “economy”, with 2-Core Intel Core i5 2.3 GHz (i5-3210M), cache third level 3 MB, with the ability to dynamically increase clock frequency up to 3.1 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.0) and “advanced” with 2-core Intel Core i7 2.9 GHz (i7-3520M), cache in the third level 4 Mbytes and a maximum frequency up to 3.6 GHz.

The composition of the initial economy configuration included 4 GB of RAM, hard disk 500 GB (5 400 rpm). Which could be replaced by the drive capacity of 750 Gigabytes (with the same frequency of rotation of the rotor), for $ 100, or to SSD volume of 128, 256 and 512 Gigabytes, 200, 500 and 1000 dollars.

Cost this configuration is 1 199 USD.

In the advanced configuration the RAM size was the maximum (for Apple), 8 GB. Hard drive 750 GB (5 400 rpm), with the option of replacing the drive capacity of 1 Terabyte (5 400 rpm), for $ 100, or to SSD volume of 128, 256 and 512 GB, for 100, 400 and 900 dollars.

For all that requested 1 $ 499.

In October 2013, the “advanced” configuration is eliminated, adding to the “economy”configuration option select the CPU.

In the world still used by thousands, if not tens of thousands, MacBookPro9,2. A pretty good model.

Options 15-inch model

As mentioned in the previous section, the identifier of the 15-inch model was MacBookPro9,1. In all 15-inch configurations, the model used a 4-core Core i7 (Ivy Bridge).

Until October 2013, the initial configurations were two: the “economy” Intel Core i7 2.3 GHz (i7-3615QM), with the ability to dynamically increase clock frequency up to 3.3 GHz) and the “advanced” Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz (i7-3720QM) and with the possibility of increasing the clock frequency to 3.6 GHz. In both the size of the cache in the third level was 6 Megabytes.

In the Configurator for each of these configurations were provided the option of selecting a different processor.

In the Configurator “economy” option offered two processor: Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz (i7-3720QM), the same as in the “advanced” option, for $ 200, and Intel Core i7 2.7 GHz (i7-3820QM), cache in the third level 8 MB – for $ 450.

In the Configurator “advanced” option offered only processor, Intel Core i7 2.7 GHz (i7-3820QM) for $ 250.

Part of the initial configuration of the “economy” class was part of the hard drive capacity of 500 GB (5 400 rpm), 4 GB of RAM. And video memory size 512 MB GDDR5 for discrete graphics (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M).

In the Configurator you can increase the RAM to 8 GB (but actually it can be increased up to 16 Gigabytes), and replace the hard disk drive 750 GB with 5 400 or 7 200 rpm 100 and $ 150, the drive capacity of a Terabyte or SSD of 128 GB for $ 200, SSD 256 or 512 GB for 500 and 1000 dollars.

As soon as everything is 1 799 USD.

In the “advanced” configuration had 8 Gigabytes of RAM, the drive capacity of 750 GB (5 400 rpm) and 1 GB of GDDR5 – memory for discrete graphics.

Hard drive could be replaced by a disk of the same volume but with frequency of rotation of the rotor 7 200 rpm ($50), drive capacity in Terabytes or SSD of 128 GB for 100 dollars, an SSD of 256 or 512 Gigabytes – for $ 400 and $ 900.

It cost 2 $ 199. I bought it in June 2013 for the then 80 thousand rubles, at a discount.


The latest version of macOS works with MacBookPro9,1 or MacBookPro9,2 without any tricks. But Mojave is, most likely, will end.

To be continued

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