MacBook 12” 2015 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about MacBook 12” 2015 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

MacBook 12” 2015 image

MacBook 12” 2015

Availability

MacBook 12” 2015
Released2015
Release Date
  • Announced on March 9, 2015
  • Available on March 10, 2015
Pricing
  • $1,299
    Intel Core M-5Y31 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $1,599
    Intel Core M-5Y51 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD
MacBook 12” 2015 Price
Apple Macbook Retina Display 12in Laptop (2015) - 256GB SSD, 8 GB Memory, Silver (Renewed)
Apple Macbook Retina Display 12in Laptop (2015) - 256GB SSD, 8 GB Memory, Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$259.94
Apple MacBook MF855LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display Silver, 256 GB (Renewed)
Apple MacBook MF855LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display Silver, 256 GB (Renewed)
By Apple
$259.91
Apple Macbook Retina Display 12 Inch Core M-5Y31 1.1GHz 8GB RAM 256GB SSD (Renewed)
Apple Macbook Retina Display 12 Inch Core M-5Y31 1.1GHz 8GB RAM 256GB SSD (Renewed)
By Apple
$330.99
Early 2015 Apple MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 (13.3 inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB) Silver (Renewed)
Early 2015 Apple MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 (13.3 inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$208.00
Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A Early 2015 13.3-Inch 1.6 GHz Core i5 Processor, 256GB Storage, 4GB of RAM (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A Early 2015 13.3-Inch 1.6 GHz Core i5 Processor, 256GB Storage, 4GB of RAM (Renewed)
By Apple
$250.00

Exterior

MacBook 12” 2015
Dimensions11.04” x 7.74” x 0.14 - 0.52” (280.5 mm x 196.5 mm x 3.5 - 13.1 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.03 pounds (920 g)
Colors
Silver Space Gray Gold
Keyboard and TrackpadFull-size backlit 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

Display

MacBook 12” 2015
Size12 Inches
InfoRetina 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

Ports

MacBook 12” 2015
Ports
One USB Type-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)

Internal Specs

MacBook 12” 2015
Processor
  1. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y31
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.10 → 2.40 GHz, 4MB Cache, 6W
  2. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y51
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.20 → 2.60 GHz, 4MB Cache, 6W
  3. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y71
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.30 → 2.90 GHz, 4MB Cache, 6W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

MacBook 12” 20151
5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y3152287.29%
2
5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y5154991.81%
3
5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y71598100.00%
0598

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

MacBook 12” 20151
5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y311,03490.78%
2
5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y511,10997.37%
3
5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y711,139100.00%
01,139
Integrated Graphics
  1. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y31
    Intel® HD Graphics 5300
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 850 MHz
  2. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y51
    Intel® HD Graphics 5300
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  3. 5th Gen Intel® Core™ M-5Y71
    Intel® HD Graphics 5300
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
Memory
8GB
1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Storage
256GB 512GB
PCIe-based onboard flash storage.

Connectivity

MacBook 12” 2015
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Battery

MacBook 12” 2015
Size39.5 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 9 hours of wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply29W USB-C Power Adapter

Software

MacBook 12” 2015
OSShipped with OS X Yosemite
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Safari Mail Messages FaceTime Calendar Notes App Store iTunes iBooks Maps Contacts Reminders

Camera & Audio

MacBook 12” 2015
Camera480p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone

Misc

MacBook 12” 2015
In the box
  • MacBook
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
WarrantyLimited Warranty and ServiceYour 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. 
MoreVideo 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

Key Features

MacBook 12” 2015
At Glance
Released in Early
2015
16:10 QHD
12”
1440p 60Hz
Weight
2.03 lb
0.92 kg
Up to
Intel Core M-5Y71 (1.3 GHz)
2C/4T, 1.30 → 2.90 GHz
Geekbench 5
598
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,139
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® HD Graphics 5300
24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
8GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

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What we like

Reasons to like about MacBook 12” 2015.

Great battery life of up to 10-hours

According to Apple, the MacBook 12” 2015 lasts up to 10 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 9 hours of wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about MacBook 12” 2015.

Non-upgradable storage

MacBook 12” 2015 has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more

Storage SlotsMacBook 12” 2015
M.20 - Onboard
Non-upgradable memory

The memory on MacBook 12” 2015 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemoryMacBook 12” 2015
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeLPDDR3
Speed1600 MHz

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