MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) - Technical Specifications

Finish

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Space Gray

Display

  • Retina display
  • 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • 2304-by-1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1280 by 800
    • 1024 by 640

Processor

  • 1.1GHz
    1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.
  • 1.2GHz
    1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
    Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.

Memory

  • 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory

Storage

  • 1.1GHz
    256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage1
  • 1.2GHz
    512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage1

Size and Weight

  • Height: 0.14–0.52 inch (0.35–1.31 cm)
  • Width: 11.04 inches (28.05 cm)
  • Depth: 7.74 inches (19.65 cm)
  • Weight: 2.03 pounds (0.92 kg)2

Graphics and Video Support

  • Intel HD Graphics 5300
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi
    802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Charging and Expansion

  • USB-C port with support for:
    • Charging
    • USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
    • Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output
    • VGA output using USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (sold separately)
    • HDMI video output using USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (sold separately)

Camera

  • 480p FaceTime camera

Audio

  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone

Keyboard and Trackpad

  • Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) individual LED backlit keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys with ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Battery and Power

  • Up to 9 hours wireless web3
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback3
  • Up to 30 days of standby time3
  • Built-in 39.7-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port

Electrical and Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V–240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-25° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Operating System

OS X El Capitan
Engineered to take full advantage of your Mac hardware, OS X El Capitan is designed to be as easy to use as it is beautiful to look at. It comes with an amazing collection of apps you'll use — and love — every day. And it enables your Mac and iOS devices to work wonderfully together. Learn more

Built-in Apps4

  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • FaceTime
  • Calendar
  • Notes
  • App Store
  • iTunes
  • iBooks
  • Maps
  • Contacts
  • Reminders

Learn more

Limited Warranty and Service

Your MacBook comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple Support or call 800-823-2275.

Acoustic Performance

Declared noise emission values in accordance with ECMA-109

  Sound Power Level
LWA,m (B)
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
LpA,m (dB)
Idle 1.25 (KV=0.25) 3.5
Wireless web 1.25 (KV=0.25) 3.5
  1. LWA,m is the mean A-weighted sound power level, rounded to the nearest 0.05 B.
  2. LpA,m is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest 0.5 dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel)
  4. KV is the statistical adder for computing upper-limit of A-weighted sound power level.
  5. The quantity, LWA,c (formerly called LWAd) may be computed from the sum of LWA,m and KV.
  6. The Wireless web test browses 25 popular websites.
  7. Configuration tested: 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8GB memory, 512GB storage, Intel HD Graphics 5300.

Accessories

Adapters

  • USB-C to USB Adapter
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter

AirPort and Wireless

  • AirPort Express
  • AirPort Extreme
  • AirPort Time Capsule

Other Accessories

  • AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Apple USB SuperDrive
  • Magic Mouse
  • Magic Trackpad
  • World Travel Adapter Kit

In the Box

  • MacBook
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)

Configure to Order

Configure your MacBook to order with this option, only at the Apple Online Store.

  • 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache

MacBook and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact. Learn more

MacBook is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Mercury‑free display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free
  • Beryllium-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold5

Apple and the Environment
Learn more about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and process. Or read our Product Environmental Reports for detailed information on the environmental performance of every Apple product.

Recycling
Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to recycle your Mac.


  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  3. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2015 using preproduction 1.2GHz Intel Core M-based 12-inch MacBook systems (wireless web test and HD movie playback test) as well as preproduction 1.2GHz Intel Core M-based 12-inch MacBook systems and preproduction 1.3GHz Intel Core M-based 12-inch MacBook systems (standby test), all configured with 512GB of flash storage and 8GB of RAM. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The HD movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  4. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free on the Mac App Store for qualifying Mac computers purchased on or after October 1, 2013. OS X Yosemite or later required. Downloading apps requires an Apple ID.
  5. MacBook achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. and Canada.
Published Date: May 23, 2016

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