MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)


Family: MacBook Pro

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.8.2

Maximum OS: 10.10.4

Introduced: February 2013

Terminated: October 2013


CPU: Intel Core i7 Mobile ("Ivy Bridge")

CPU Speed: 2.4/2.7 GHz (2.8 GHz BTO)

CPU Cores: 4

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 5 GT/s (DMI)

Register Width: 64-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 64-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 256 kB per-core (1 MB total)

Level 3 Cache: 6 MB on-processor


RAM Type: PC3-12800 DDR3L SO-DIMM

Minimum RAM Speed: 1600 MHz

Onboard RAM: 8/16 GB

Maximum RAM: 8/16 GB

Expansion Slots: SDXC card


Screen: 15.4" LED-backlit TFT

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, Intel HD Graphics 4000

VRAM: 1 GB GDDR, 768 MB shared (see notes)

Max Resolution: 2880x1800 ("retina")

Video Out: HDMI

Camera: 720p FaceTime HD


Flash Drive: 256/512 GB (768 GB BTO)

ATA Bus: Serial-ATA


USB: 2 3.0

Firewire800: via adaptor

Thunderbolt: 2

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini (see notes)

Speaker: stereo

Microphone: dual mono


Ethernet: via adaptor

Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n (3-stream)

Bluetooth: 4.0


Power: 85 Watts

Battery Life: 7 hours (30 day standby)

Dimensions: 0.71" H x 14.13" W x 9.73" D

Weight: 4.46 lbs.


The MacBook Pro's second graphics chipset used a portion of main memory as VRAM. Though reported as 768 MB, this was actually a minimum. Actual usage varied with graphics load, resulting in slightly less RAM available for system use. A single 3.5mm jack could be used for analog or optical audio out, or analog audio in.

Introduced in February 2013, the MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) replaced the MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012). It included faster processors in both models, and 16 GB of RAM in the high-end model. It shipped in two configurations:

  • 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB flash storage, $2199
  • 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB flash storage, $2799

Built-to-order options included a 2.8 GHz processor and flash storage of up to 768 GB. In October 2013, the MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) was replaced by the MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013).

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.