2012 MacBook Pro still worth it? Meet the Apple Laptop | notebooks
The MacBook Pro 2012 is an Apple laptop that was launched in Brazil ten years ago. At the time of launch, the device was one of the best on the market in its segment. Today, however, compared to more recent models, it has its limitations, but it can still be a good option for those who want to buy an Apple laptop and can’t afford that much money. The device offers a compact 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Inside, it has a standard memory of 4 GB expandable up to 8 GB of RAM and factory Core i5 or i7 processors.
Used MacBook Pro can be found in the range of R$ 3000 to R$ 3500 in online stores. For comparison, the latest MacBook Air, with the M2 chip, starts at R$13,299 on the manufacturer’s website. Check out the full Apple laptop datasheet and find out if the 2012 MacBook Pro is worth buying today.
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MacBook Pro Technical Specifications (2012)
- Screen: 13.3 inch LCD
- Resolution: 1280×800 (native)
- Processors: Intel Core i5 and i7 dual core
- Memory: 4GB to 8GB RAM
- Storage: HD 500GB or 750GB
- Dimensions: 2.41 (height) x 32.5 (width) x 22.7 (depth) cm
- Weight: 2.06 kg
- Graphics card: Intel HD 4000
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, FireWire, USB, Thunderbolt, headphones, SDXC card slot
- Battery: up to seven hours of wireless browsing
- Operating system: OS X Mountain Lion
- Price: 3000 BRL to 3500 BRL (used)
Apple has always been known for its equipment of modern design, with the most compact and light structure that the technology of the time allows. In the dimensions of the MacBook Pro (2012) we have 2.41 (height with closed lid) x 32.5 (width) x 22.7 (depth) cm. The weight was already 2.06 kg in 2012, but if we compare it with the latest MacBook Air, everything looks very robust. This is because the thickness of the Air is only 1.13 cm and the weight is only 1.24 kg, that is, the dimensions have practically been halved in these ten years.
As for the keyboard, the 2012 model also has a backlit pattern, which helps when typing in low-light environments.
To talk about performance, it’s worth mentioning the processor technology first: the 2012 MacBook has versions with Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7, which are not lacking compared to many current notebooks on the market. However, Apple’s most modern laptops have stopped using Intel chipsets and started using their own graphics support, with the M1 and M2 lines of chips. The advantage lies in the quality and speed of processing, which promises to be optimized since these processors are designed exclusively for Apple machines.
The latest MacBook Pro arrives with Apple’s own chip, the M2 — Photo: Disclosure / Apple
Regarding the maximum RAM capacity, the latest Air model can integrate up to 24 GB of memory. Meanwhile, the 2012 MacBook Pro only comes with 8GB. Likewise, file storage has also undergone major changes. The 2012 computer comes with a 500GB or 750GB HD, while the latest Apple laptops are integrated with an SSD that supports up to 2TB.
So for those looking for high performance from an Apple machine, you might be a little disappointed with the results of the 2012 Pro – even more so because it’s a used product that’s been on the market for ten years and has probably already suffered the natural wear and tear of the hardware over time.
The display comes with a compact 13.3-inch LCD, which might be of interest to those looking for a less rugged laptop. The native resolution leaves something to be desired, at just 1280 x 800 pixels – which isn’t even Full HD. To give you an idea, the latest MacBook Air offers a similar 13.6-inch display and a native resolution of 2560 x 1664 pixels.
Therefore, for watching movies and series on a computer screen, the user may end up at a disadvantage with the 2012 model. This is because the most popular streams, such as Netflix, already offer content in Full HD — or even higher resolutions.
One of the great advantages of buying a laptop is its portability. The interesting thing about this is that it can last for many hours without an outlet, and the 2012 MacBook Pro promises to last up to seven hours of navigation. However, considering that the battery is one of the items that wears out the most over time, it is natural that this durability drops significantly after ten years of using the device. It may be necessary to change the charging system to be able to use it off the wall.
The latest MacBook Air is likely to provide more performance in this regard. That’s because the manufacturer’s website indicates up to 15 hours of unplugged browsing, more than double the 2012 model — and that’s without natural wear and tear, for a new computer.
The connectivity aspect is at its best in the MacBook Pro 2012. It comes very complete, with Wi-Fi internet, Bluetooth wireless pairing and Ethernet ports. Finally, the laptop still comes with Thunderbolt (a communication interface developed by Intel with technical assistance from Apple), a headphone jack, and even an SDXC card slot, which was commonly used in digital camera storage at the time.
The 2012 MacBook Pro came standard with OS X Mountain Lion, released in July 2012. Ten years later and nine additional versions of the system released, Apple is already on macOS Monterey. Keeping your software up to date is one of the most important habits you can have to protect your Apple product. After so much time, the manufacturer no longer allows older machines access to newer platforms. This is because they end up demanding more performance from the machine.
macOS Mojave, released in 2018, was previously limited to the 2012 and newer line of computers. Meanwhile, the latest operating system, macOS Monterey, only allows you to integrate a MacBook Pro released in 2015 or later. That is, a 2012 computer no longer has operating system updates from Apple.
Apple’s latest operating system is no longer compatible with the 2012 MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (2012) can be found used in the range of 3000 to 3500 R$. Since it is an old product and has been discontinued by Apple, new models are not available. Apple’s technical support is also no longer valid after so long, especially since it is a used product. However, the user can use one of the online support channels to try to answer the questions.
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