13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Once Again Shows Up in Benchmarks

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Exactly one month ago, we noted the presence of a "MacBookPro10,2" entry in the Geekbench results database, suggesting that a 13-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro is indeed in the works, as has been rumored for October. In comparison, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro carries a "MacBookPro10,1" identifier, while current non-Retina versions of the MacBook Pro carry "MacBookPro9,x" identifiers.




While much of the data presented to Geekbench by machines can be faked and many Hackintosh enthusiasts go to great lengths to match their machines' details to those of actual Macs, the details of the MacBookPro10,2 were consistent enough with expectations that both we and Geekbench developer Primate Labs believed the entry to be genuine.

Following the original entry, a second MacBookPro10,2 has now appeared in the results database, with the data bearing very strong similarity to the original entry but with some differences that suggest this entry may also be legitimate.

Like the machine that appeared first, the new machine runs a 2.9 GHz Core i7-3520M, the same processor found in the current high-end model of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. The machine's motherboard identifier also matches the previous machine, which itself matched a previously unaccounted for identifier seen in early developer builds of OS X Mountain Lion. And as would be expected for machines running the same specs, the two machines have very similar Geekbench scores of roughly 7800.




There are a few differences, however, with one of the key ones being a custom 12A2066 build of the unreleased OS X 10.8.1. Just two days ago, Apple gave the first indication that it will begin seeding OS X 10.8.1 to developers, but it has yet to do so. In addition, the four-digit build number suffix is sometimes used internally by Apple on its test machines, although such four-digit build numbers are sometimes also used publicly for special builds such as the version of OS X 10.7.4 that shipped on new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models.

In addition, this new entry reflects a MacBook Pro with 8 GB of RAM, in line with what ships paired with the Core i7-3520M on the corresponding non-Retina model. The previous MacBookPro10,2 entry showed a machine with only 4 GB of RAM. Finally, the BIOS string for the new entry appears to show an updated date code of July 18, 2012, compared to the previous one registering as June 11, 2012.

Geekbench results have on several occasions revealed upcoming Mac models, most recently in mid-May with the MacBookPro9,1 that turned out to be the non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro upon its release the following month. Notably, an iMac13,2 entry that also appeared to be legitimate surfaced around the same time, but Apple has yet to release updated iMacs.

(Thanks, Matthew!)

Article Link: 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Once Again Shows Up in Benchmarks
 

Radio

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Sign me up

Windows 8 is aweful - think its about time I finally switch

I'll have to ask u guys where the best place to sit in Starbucks so my new mbp gets the most attention though
 

dba415

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apple are screwing themselves over by not releasing it in August when the school semester starts. There are going to be a lot of students who would purchase this but releasing it in october is going to be too late.
 

iMcLovin

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Goodie let's hope this means the release of this MacBook pro and the iMac is imminent. Not that I care about this laptop but I hope the geekbench is an indication of something coming very soon...the iMac that is :)
 

mcnaugha

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Build number should be 12Bxxxx

It would be quite unusual for Apple to have 10.8.1 with an 'A' feature set. Normally the dot 1 moves onto to B at least. Why is the 10,2 also seen as being smaller. Apple has historically went upscale with the number increases. If 10,2 exists it'd be a 17-inch retina.

Overall I call this one out as a fake. Some sad loser is just working you guys for everything they can get.
 

Tom8

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My main question is, why would Apple allow their staff to use public benchmarking software which could leak announcements? Surely they could make some benchmarking stuff in house if they really wanted to test it that much?
 

[DL]

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Yes, please... I want this flipping computer. The 15-inch is about $400-500 too expensive for my reach. And I certainly don't need fifteen inches of space. I hope the base model of this is more affordable.
 

iScott428

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apple are screwing themselves over by not releasing it in August when the school semester starts. There are going to be a lot of students who would purchase this but releasing it in october is going to be too late.
I am sure they want to get it out to students as early as possible, but do not want to give that extra $100 off of a revolutionary 13" notebook. So we will see it once the promotion ends...I hope.
 

keviig

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Yeah right

With all the complaints in regards to lag in both the OS and scrolling on the retina mbp (i have one myself) i don't see how a 13" without a discrete graphics card would be able to deal with it. Also, it would be hard to fit a discrete one whilst maintaining the 7 hr battery time. I call hoax!
 

Mad-B-One

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I think there is a troll at the Apple facility reading MacRumors and thinking: "Slow news day today. Let's tinker with our equipment, emulate a MacBook and go to Geekbench. Then, I count till ten and it will make the rumor news."

Honestly, how can the engineers at Apple use public benchmarks knowing that it will end up in a databse everybody can read? I might be alone here but I highly doubt that this is plausible. Doubling down on security?
 

commander.data

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I wonder if Apple will double the existing 1280x800 screen of the 13" MacBook Pro or will they use the 13" MacBook Air's screen real estate as a basis and double 1440x900. Conveniently, 2880x1800 on a 13.3" display works out to ~255 dpi which means the same wafers could be used to make a 3360x2100 15.4" screen (double 1680x1050) which has a similar dpi for a BTO option in next year's 15.4" MacBook Pro.
 

gmanist1000

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apple are screwing themselves over by not releasing it in August when the school semester starts. There are going to be a lot of students who would purchase this but releasing it in october is going to be too late.
I would think that most students will buy the MacBook air and not a MacBook Pro.
 

pgiguere1

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With all the complaints in regards to lag in both the OS and scrolling on the retina mbp (i have one myself) i don't see how a 13" without a discrete graphics card would be able to deal with it. Also, it would be hard to fit a discrete one whilst maintaining the 7 hr battery time. I call hoax!
Exactly.

IMO if this happens they'll wait for Haswell and its much improved iGPU. Otherwise why not release it alongside the 15"? Why would they miss the back to school period if no new CPUs are coming before next year?

This may be real, but just a prototype running current-gen hardware.
 

dlewis23

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Exactly.

IMO if this happens they'll wait for Haswell and its much improved iGPU. Otherwise why not release it alongside the 15"? Why would they miss the back to school period if no new CPUs are coming before next year?

This may be real, but just a prototype running current-gen hardware.
Maybe the 13" rMPB will have a dedicated GPU and not just the intergraded one.