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13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Shows Up in Benchmarks

Amid continued rumors that Apple intends to release a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the coming months, a Geekbench 2 benchmark submitted late last month as a "MacBookPro10,2" appears to represent the machine in question.

In comparison, the new non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro carries the model identifier "MacBookPro9,2", while the 15-inch non-Retina model is "MacBookPro9,1" and the corresponding Retina model is "MacBookPro10,1".


While the machine name of MacBookPro10,2 on the new entry could be faked, other information included in the Geekbench result is consistent with what would be expected on the new machine. The machine is listed as running a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3520M processor, which is offered in the high-end model of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. The machine is also listed as running Build 12A2056 of OS X Mountain Lion, with the four-digit build number suffix frequently being used on Apple's custom operating system builds.

In addition, the motherboard identifier of AFD8A9D944EA4843 previously surfaced as a new machine in early builds of OS X Mountain Lion. While many of the other new motherboard identifiers found in Mountain Lion were accounted for with Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models released last month, the identity of AFD8A9D944EA4843 has remained unknown. Finally, the machine's score of 7806 is on par with results seen for the non-Retina model running the same processor.

One inconsistency, however, is the listing of just 4 GB of RAM on the Geekbench result. The 2.9 GHz Core i7 processor is paired with 8 GB of RAM even on the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, although prototype machines could have different configurations.

Back in May, similar Geekbench benchmarks for what turned out to be the non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro, as well as a revamped iMac, surfaced in the results browser. The revamped iMac has, however, yet to see a public launch.

(Thanks, Matthew!)

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32 months ago
Tell me more about the video card.
Rating: 35 Votes
32 months ago
There are going to be a lot of pissed off people that just bought the 13" MBP ;)
Rating: 25 Votes
32 months ago
Enough with the laptops already. How about a new iMac Apple?
Rating: 12 Votes
32 months ago
If the 13" brings a discrete gpu, I will be left in quite a debacle. I love the 13", but I don't want Intel's crap graphics.
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago

Definitely think that will kill the 13-inch MBA, so I don't think that'll happen.


I don't think so given the huge price premium it will have.
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
hm... would be nice if they offered a quad-core option, 16gb ram, and some discrete graphics. that's just wishful thinking though :S
Rating: 7 Votes
32 months ago

There are going to be a lot of pissed off people that just bought the 13" MBP ;)


Did somebody actually buy the 13" Pro at this refresh? It was underwhelming to say the least.
(Written as a 13" Pro owner)
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago

There are going to be a lot of pissed off people that just bought the 13" MBP ;)

the price difference will probably quench the rage.
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago

why? it can power external monitors and the built in just fine


The difference is that things are being scaled on the retina display ... so the cpu and gpu have to render the display elements on the fly which can be pretty taxing.

I imagine displaying extended resolutions is less taxing on the cpu and gpu since its a 1 to 1 pixel mapping.
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago

Tell me more about the video card.


Sure. It's called the Intel 4000 laggy-scrolling GPU.
Rating: 5 Votes

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