Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Summer 2012) comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Summer 2012)

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)

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Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Summer 2012)

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

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Price $1,659 at 1 store $1,899 to $1,999 at 3 stores $1,099 to $1,199 at 4 stores $2,049 to $2,128 at 2 stores $1,048 to $1,269 at 4 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 13 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 4.5 stars out of 10 reviews 3.5 stars out of 48 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews
Release date June 11, 2012 June 03, 2013 June 11, 2012 June 11, 2012 June 10, 2013
The Bottom Line Another year of incremental improvements for the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro help it maintain its lead as a useful, powerful, attractive midsize laptop, but the competition is closer than ever to catching up. The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal. While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it's fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition. The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed. Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

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Product Description Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro (15 in, Summer 2012) - 15.6 in - 3rd Gen Core i7 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB
HDD
- 15.4 in - 4th gen Core i7 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD
Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro (13 in, Summer 2012) - 13.3 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB
HDD
Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro with Retina Display - 15.6 in - 3rd Gen Core i7 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB
- Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion SSD
MacBook Air - 128 GB
Apple MacBook Air - 13.3 in - Core i5 - Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM Flash storage SSD
Packaged Quantity 1
Info unavailable 1
1
1
Software Included Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple iLife
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Info unavailable Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple iLife
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple iLife
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Dashboard
Notification Center
Drivers & Utilities
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple DVD Player
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Automator
Apple Image Capture
Apple Dictionary
Apple Calculator
Apple Preview
Apple System Preferences
Apple TextEdit
Apple Stickies
Reminders
Apple Time Machine
Calendar
Contacts
Notes
Dictation
iCloud
Photo Booth
Messages
Apple AirPlay
Game Center
Apple Mac OS X Chess
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple AirDrop
Battery up to 7 hour(s)
Info unavailable up to 7 hour(s)
up to 7 hour(s)
up to 12 hour(s)
System Type Notebook
Info unavailable Notebook
Notebook
Notebook
Display 15.6 in
LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
15.4 in 2880 x 1800
13.3 in
LED backlight 1280 x 800 / WXGA
15.6 in
LED backlight 2880 x 1800
13.3 in LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M / Intel HD Graphics 4000 - 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM
Info unavailable Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M / Intel HD Graphics 4000 - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Intel HD Graphics 5000
Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Storage 500 GB / 5400 rpm
HDD
256 GB SSD
500 GB / 5400 rpm
HDD
256 GB
SSD
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 14.35 in x 9.82 in x 0.95 in
14.13 in x 9.73 in x 0.71 in
12.78 in x 8.94 in x 0.95 in
14.1 in x 9.7 in x 0.7 in
12.8 in x 8.9 in x 0.7 in
Weight 5.6 lbs
4.46 lbs
4.5 lbs
4.46 lbs
3 lbs
Networking 802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , None
Bluetooth 4.0
Info unavailable 802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet , None
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 4.0 None
802.11ac
Optical Drive DVD-Writer DL
Info unavailable DVD-Writer DL
None
None
Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 2.3 GHz / 6 MB Cache
( 3.3 GHz )
Intel 4th gen Core i7 2 GHz / 6 MB Cache
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 2.5 GHz
( 3.1 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 2.3 GHz
3 ( 3.4 GHz ) / 6 MB Cache
Intel
Core i5 4 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Memory 4 GB
DDR3 SDRAM
8 GB
4 GB
DDR3 SDRAM
8 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
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