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Introduction Date: March 9, 2015* Discontinued Date: April 19, 2016
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): 6523 Geekbench 2 (64): 7177
Geekbench 3 (32): 2293 Geekbench 3 (32): 4516
Geekbench 3 (64): 2671 Geekbench 3 (64): 5308
Geekbench 4 (SC): 2934 Geekbench 4 (MC): 5393
Geekbench 5 (SC): 634 Geekbench 5 (MC): 1207
Processor Speed: 1.3 GHz Processor Type: Core M (M-5Y71)
Details: This model is powered by a 14 nm, 1.3 GHz 64-bit “Fifth Generation” Intel Mobile M (M-5Y51) 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 2.9 GHz for this model) — and “Hyper Threading” — which allows the system to recognize four total “cores” or “threads” (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the “Early 2015″ MacBook models compared to one another? How fast are these models compared to the 11-Inch and 13-Inch MacBook Air? How fast are they compared to the 13-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro?
Turbo Boost: 2.9 GHz Custom Speeds: N/A
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: OPI* Cache Bus Speed: 1.3 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k x2 L2/L3 Cache: 256k x2, 4 MB (on chip)
RAM Type: LPDDR3 SDRAM* Min. RAM Speed: 1600 MHz
Details: *Shipped standard with 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM onboard.
Standard RAM: 8 GB Maximum RAM: 8 GB
Details: 8 GB of RAM is onboard and it cannot be upgraded at all.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: 8 GB RAM Slots: None
Video Card: HD Graphics 5300 VRAM Type: Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 5300 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Standard VRAM: 1.5 GB* Maximum VRAM: 1.5 GB*
Built-in Display: 12″ (16:10) Native Resolution: 2304×1440
Details: 12” color TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “Retina” display with IPS technology and a 2304 by 1440 native resolution at 226 ppi (16:10 aspect ratio). Apple reports that it also supports “1440 by 900, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640” as scaled resolutions.
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2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 3840×2160
Details: This model can simultaneously support the internal display as well as up to 3840×2160 on an external display, both at “millions of colors.”
Also see: How do you connect an external display to the Retina MacBook? What is the maximum supported resolution? What is the best USB-C monitor to use? What adapters are required?
Standard Storage: 256, 512 GB SSD Std. Storage Speed: 451.7/738.2 MB/s*
Details: This custom configuration processor option for the MF855LL/A and MF865LL/A configurations are equipped by default with 256 GB or 512 GB of PCIe-based flash storage soldered onboard, respectively. It cannot be upgraded at all, whether at the time of purchase or otherwise.
*Third-party tests using the Blackmagic benchmark report write speeds of 451.7 MB/s and read speeds of 738.2 MB/s. QuickBench Extended reports 460.93 MB/s writes and 845.05 MB/s reads.
How do you connect external storage to the Retina Display MacBook? What options are available? Is it possible? Are adapters required?
Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions: Soldered Storage Interface: Onboard (PCIe 2.0 x4)
Standard Optical: None* Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: None
Details: This MacBook does not have internal Ethernet support. Apple, likewise, has not released a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, although third-party adapters are available.
How do you connect the Retina Display MacBook to a wired Ethernet network? Is it even possible?
Standard AirPort: 802.11ac* Standard Bluetooth: 4.0
USB Ports: 1 (C) Firewire Ports: None
Expansion Slots: None Expansion Bays: None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
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Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (Force Touch)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook Retina 12″
Apple Order No: BTO/CTO Apple Subfamily: Early 2015
Apple Model No: A1534 (EMC 2746) Model ID: MacBook8,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1534 Model Number, the 2746 EMC Number, and the MacBook8,1 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: 39.7 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 9-10 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model can provide up to 9 hours of “wireless web” and up to 10 hours of “iTunes movie playback.” The system is bundled with a 29W USB-C power adapter.
Also see: What is the “real-world” battery life of the “Early 2015” 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? Is it really as long as Apple claims? How does it compare to the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro?
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.10.2 (14C2061) Maximum MacOS: Current*
Minimum Windows: 8 (64-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?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions: .14-.52 x 11.04 x 7.74 Avg. Weight: 2.03 lbs (0.92 kg)
Original Price (US): US$1549, US$1749* Est. Current Retail: US$650-US$850
Details: *The 1.3 GHz “Core M” (M-5Y71) custom configuration processor option added US$250 to the entry-level MF855LL/A model with a 256 GB SSD and US$150 to the higher-end MF865LL/A model with a 512 GB SSD for respective original totals of US$1549 and US$1749.
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).