The MacBook “Core m3” 1.2 12-Inch (early 2016) features a 14-nm 1.1 GHz Intel “Core m3” Kaby Lake processor (M3-7Y32) with two independent processor “cores” on a single chip, a 4 MB level 3 cache, an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics processor that shares system memory, 8 GB of onboard 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (that could be upgraded to 16 GB at the time of purchase, but not afterwards), and 256 GB of onboard flash storage (that cannot be upgraded at the time of purchase or subsequently).
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||June 5, 2017*
||July 9, 2019*
||1 (2 Cores)
|Geekbench 2 (32):
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|Geekbench 4 (SC):
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||Core m3 (M3-7Y32)
||This model is powered by a 14 nm, 1.2 GHz 64-bit “Seventh Generation/Kaby Lake” Intel Mobile m3 (M3-7Y32) 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 3.0 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 “Mid-2017” MacBook models compared to one another? How much faster are these models than the “Early 2016” line replaced? How fast are they compared to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro?
|System Bus Speed:
||4 GT/s OPI*
||Cache Bus Speed:
||1.2 GHz (Built-in)
||256k x2, 4 MB (on chip)
||Min. RAM Speed:
||*Shipped standard with 8 GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM onboard.
||HD Graphics 615
||This model has an Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
||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:
||2nd Max. Resolution:
||This model can simultaneously support the internal display as well as up to 4096×2304 at 60 Hz 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?
||256 GB SSD
||Std. Storage Speed:
||This model has 256 GB of PCIe-based flash storage soldered onboard. It cannot be upgraded at all, whether at the time of purchase or otherwise. Apple reports that this SSD is “up to 50% faster than the SSD in its predecessors.”
*Third-party tests using the QuickBench Extended more precisely report 1151.21 MB/s writes and 1544.09 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.
||Onboard (PCIe 3.0 x2)
||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?
||No expansion slots or bays provided.
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||Trackpad (Force Touch)
||MacBook Retina 12″
|Apple Order No:
|Apple Model No:
||A1534 (EMC 3099)
||These identifiers can be added after these systems arrive in customers’ hands and EveryMac.com is able to inspect them accordingly.
Also see: All Macs with the A1534 Model Number, the 3099 EMC Number, and the MacBook10,1 Model Identifier.
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||41.4 W h Li-Poly
||Apple reports that this model can provide up to 10 hours of “wireless web” and up to 12 hours of “iTunes movie playback” as well as up to “30 days” of standby time. The system is bundled with a 29W USB-C power adapter.
Also see: What is the “real-world” battery life of the “Mid-2017” 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? How does it compare to the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro models?
||X 10.12.5 (16F2073)
|MacOS 9 Support:
||Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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||.14-.52 x 11.04 x 7.74
||2.03 lbs (0.92 kg)
|Original Price (US):
||Est. Current Retail:
||The original price was the same regardless of color.
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