MacBook Pro (13-inch, early 2011), A1278, 2.3GHz Core i5, 1000GB HDD, 4GB RAM

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SPEC: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011), A1278, 2.3GHz Core i5, 500GB HDD, 4GB RAM.

Condition: Grade B

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The A1278 are great machines and are one of last MacBooks that can be upgraded in terms of hard drive and RAM. Add an SSD to these machines and they really fly.

This example is in great cosmetic condition. This is a MacBook Pro which has had a glass screen replacement that displays as a MacBook.

SKU: BMA4565 Category:

Click on a category for related details. The most commonly needed info is “open” by default, but all info is important. Asterisks (*) reference data in details fields.

October 24, 2011 June 11, 2012
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
6049 6750
2257 4485
2493 5055
2664 5032
2.4 GHz Core i5 (I5-2435M)
Details: This model is powered by a 32 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 “Sandy Bridge” (I5-2435M) processor which includes two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 3 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 — 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 “Late 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?

3.0 GHz N/A
Soldered Integrated
5 GT/s* 2.4 GHz (Built-in)
EFI 64-Bit
32k/32k x2 256k x2, 3 MB
PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz
Details: Supports 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the “Early 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?

4 GB 16 GB*
Details: 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but third-parties have determined that this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory — as well as other upgrades — for this MacBook Pro.

In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Germany, site sponsor CompuRAM sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.

None 2
HD Graphics 3000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the “Unibody” MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have “dedicated” and “integrated” video memory?

384 MB 512 MB*
13.3″ Widescreen 1280×800
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution.

Apple reports that this system also supports “1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched.”

In Spain, site sponsor iRepairs provides affordable repair and data recovery services. In-person and by mail repair services include the display, battery, keyboard, motherboard, and more for this MacBook Pro.

Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.

Also see: Are there any adapters or “hacks” that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?

500 GB HDD 5400 RPM
Details: By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 750 GB Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$100. It also could be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$200, US$600, or US$1200, respectively.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the “Early 2011” and “Late 2011” 13-Inch, 15-Inch, and 17-Inch MacBook Pro models? What type of hard drive do these models support? Can one replace the hard drive with an SSD?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells SSDs and other upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Pro.

Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.

2.5″ (9.5 mm) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*) 2.1+EDR
2 (2.0) 1 (800)
SDXC Card Slot None
Details: This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and accessories, including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Pro.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Pro.

Also see: Are SD Card slot storage expansion options available for the “Unibody” MacBook Pro models? Which are compatible? Is this type of storage a good idea for these models?

Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook (Unibody)
MD313LL/A Late 2011 13″
A1278 (EMC 2555*) MacBookPro8,1
Details: *Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.

Also see: All Macs with the A1278 Model Number, the 2555* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro8,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.

63.5 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a “63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery” that provides “up to 7 hours of wireless web” use.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells quality batteries for this MacBook Pro.

In the UK, site sponsor Flexx is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.

In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells OWC batteries for this MacBook Pro.

X 10.7.2 (11C74) X 10.13.x*
7 (32-Bit)* 8.1 (64-Bit)*
None Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.

For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.

0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94 4.5 lbs (2.04 kg)
US$1199 US$300-US$500
Details: 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).

Photo Credit: Apple, Inc..

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