MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015) specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015) including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

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MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)

Availability

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Released2015
Release Date
  • Announced on March 9th, 2015
  • Available on March 9th, 2015
Pricing
  • $1,999
    Intel Core i7 4770HQ| 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $2,499
    Intel Core i7 4870HQ | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD
Generations
MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015) Price
Mid 2015 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4870HQ (15 inches, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Silver (Renewed)
Mid 2015 Apple MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4870HQ (15 inches, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$394.00
$420.24 6% OFF
2015 Apple MacBook Pro with intel I7 (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)- Silver (Renewed)
2015 Apple MacBook Pro with intel I7 (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)- Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$315.00
$336.00 6% OFF
Apple MacBook Pro 15in Core i7 2.8GHz Retina (MGXG2LL/A), 16GB RAM, 512GB Solid State Drive (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro 15in Core i7 2.8GHz Retina (MGXG2LL/A), 16GB RAM, 512GB Solid State Drive (Renewed)
By Apple
$349.00
$399.00 13% OFF
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4in MJLT2LL/A Mid-2015, Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD -- Silver (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4in MJLT2LL/A Mid-2015, Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD -- Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$436.67
Apple MacBook Pro MGXA2LL/A 15-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) (Renewed)
Apple MacBook Pro MGXA2LL/A 15-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) (Renewed)
By Apple
$319.00
$379.00 16% OFF

Exterior

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Dimensions14.13” x 9.73” x 0.71” (358.9 mm x 247.1 mm x 18 mm)
WeightStarting at 4.49 lb (2.04 kg)
Colors
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement) 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 Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Size15.4 Inches
InfoRetina display
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1920 by 1200
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1280 by 800
    • 1024 by 640
  • 300 nits brightness
  • Standard color gamut (sRGB)
  • 900:1 contrast ratio

Ports

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Ports
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
    Supports data transfers up to 20 Gbps.
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
    Supports data transfers up to 5 Gbps.
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 1 x SDXC card reader
  • 1 x MagSafe 2 power port

Internal Specs

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Processor
  1. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4770HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.20 → 3.40 GHz, 5 MB Cache, 47W
  2. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4870HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.50 → 3.70 GHz, 6 MB Cache, 47W
  3. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4980HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.80 → 4.00 GHz, 6 MB Cache, 47W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)1
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4770HQ79185.24%
2
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4870HQ86393.00%
3
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4980HQ928100.00%
0928

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)1
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4770HQ3,05792.22%
2
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4870HQ3,18896.17%
3
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4980HQ3,315100.00%
03,315
Integrated Graphics
  1. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4770HQ
    Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 5200
    40 Execution Units, 200 → 1200 MHz
  2. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4870HQ
    Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 5200
    40 Execution Units, 200 → 1200 MHz
  3. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4980HQ
    Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 5200
    40 Execution Units, 200 → 1300 MHz
Memory
16GB
1600 MHz DDR3L onboard memory
Discrete GraphicsAMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
Storage
256GB 512GB
configurable to 1TB SSD

Connectivity

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2 wireless technology

Battery

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Size99.4 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 9 hours of wireless web
  • Up to 9 hours of iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
With cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port.

Software

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
OSShipped with OS X Yosemite
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview iTunes iBooks App Store Time Machine

Camera & Audio

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
    • Support for audio line out (digital/analog)

Misc

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
In the box
  • 15‑inch MacBook Pro
  • MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
  • Power cord
  • AC wall plug
WarrantyYour MacBook Pro with Retina display 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 800-823-2775.
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Video Support
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on up to two external displays, both at millions of colors
  • Thunderbolt digital video output
    • Native Mini DisplayPort output
    • DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI output supported using Mini DisplayPort adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI video output
    • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
    • Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30Hz
    • Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24Hz

Key Features

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
At Glance
Released in Early
2015
16:10 Retina
15.4”
1800p 60Hz
Weight
4.49 lb
2.04 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-4980HQ
4C/8T, 2.80 → 4.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
928
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,315
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 5200
40 Execution Units, 200 → 1300 MHz
16GB
1600 MHz DDR3L
AMD
Radeon R9 M370X
2GB GDDR5

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Our analysis and reviews

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What we like

Reasons to like about MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015).

Good battery life of up to 9-hours

According to Apple, the MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015) lasts up to 9 hours of battery life.

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

MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015) comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more

Storage SlotsMacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015)
M.2x1
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2GB GDDR5

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about MacBook Pro 15” Retina (2015).

Non-upgradable memory

The memory on MacBook Pro 15” Retina (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 Pro 15” Retina (2015)
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeDDR3L
Speed1600 MHz