MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2011)

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MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2011)

MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2011)
Device type MacBook Pro
Model identifier MacBookPro8,1
Release year 2011
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, option to 2.7 GHz Intel Core I7
Display 13" (1280 x 800)

Architecture details:

  • CPU:
    • 64-bit native
    • Hyper-Threading supported
    • Turbo Boost supported
    • Physical cores: 2
  • EFI: 64-bit native
  • Graphics: 64-bit kernel driver available

OS Support:

  • Shipped: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6, later OS X Lion 10.7 GM
  • Maximum: Current OS X
  • Windows: 7 (32/64), 8 (64)


Following on the success of the previous "Arrandale"-based Pros might not have been an easy feat to begin with—then again, the 13-inch Pro missed the update in favor of keeping the cheaper Core 2 Duo and NVIDIA chipset, resulting in eight months without a significant refresh.

Apple instead responded in February 2011 by releasing a completely revamped 13-inch Pro based on Intel's "Sandy Bridge" i-Series accelerated processors, complete with Intel's HD3000 graphics core, alongside the larger members of the family. The APU alone may have been worth the wait, bearing Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost support.

Still, Apple and Intel had one more surprise up their teamed sleeves. The early 2011 models were the first to incorporate Intel's new Thunderbolt high-speed I/O bus, which Apple co-developed. In linking both PCI Express and Mini DisplayPort buses to a single controller chip over standard copper wire, Thunderbolt can achieve a bi-directional link speed of 10 Gbps, far surpassing FireWire's 800 Mbps and allowing thus for more robust, albeit ridiculously-priced, peripherals.

While initially shipping with Snow Leopard, the Early 2011 Pros would get speed-bumped in October to become the Late 2011 models. Through a series of firmware updates, all models became Lion-ready or Lion-exclusive.

As of March 2013, 2011 models and following became eligible for Windows 8 in Boot Camp 5, available via the latest OS X.

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