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Is the MacBook Pro 2012 still worth it in 2020? | How to buy an old MacBook Pro for easy SSD upgrade

Mar 16, 2022
welcome back to the channel everyone in this video we are going to look at the unibody

macbook

pros we are going to find out why it is

still

a very viable option for many people even today we are going to see which particular year is the best year to buy the unibody

macbook

pro you hint that it's in the title and finally we're going to see what update completely transforms this macbook and makes it a really fantastic piece of kit let's go in so anyone who watched my first video will notice that I changed my desk top from a horrible orange wallpaper i was using to cover the top of my desk now with this nice vaguely modern looking gray pattern so what's in front of me i'm a

2012

macbook pro and my 2015 macbook pro retina let's open 12 and lets open the retina then the reason this

2012

macbook pro is

still

a great find is because it was the last macbook to have user

upgrade

able parts and in actually had some parts k now you can buy them off the shelf they were pretty standard laptop parts and those parts were the ram inside this again you can buy that off the shelf you can get it from amazon and the ssd slash hard drive hdd you can buy from amazon and you can change them yourself quite easily actually and the battery you can buy replacements too they wouldn't be original apple replacements but you can buy chinese replacements that kind of thing for 2015 they

upgrade

d this for 13 btw to this model here I have the 2015 model the battery was glued to the top case of the laptop so I couldn't get it out very easily without like cheese wire essentially trying to pry it out of the case and you just know it can cause a real disaster and a real hassle trying to get the battery out if you wanted to change it you couldn't change the ram at all it was soldered to the motherboard se and the hard drive or solid state drive is it possible to swap it out but for a long time after it came out it wasn't really some kind of out of the box part now there are actually quite a few guys you can do to do your own upgrade hard drive, but yeah, when it first came out, people weren't.
is the macbook pro 2012 still worth it in 2020 how to buy an old macbook pro for easy ssd upgrade
I'm not so sure and the reason Apple made this change between 12 and 13 now 15 is they wanted to make the laptop thinner you can see the difference in thickness between this laptop here and this one here and soldering the ram on the motherboard and sticking the battery and looking for a hard drive that wasn't a physical hard drive that would probably be this kind of size inside the 12 we'll get to that later the hard drive on the 15 or 13 and up is probably like this kind of size and it's really very very thin and it just sits on the motherboard and actually plugs right in so it's faster than the very limited SATA III connection you use to connect the ssd here I would expect the last of the unibody macbook pros to be the best of course but actually the spec increase between the 2011 macbook pro and the 2012 macbook pro was very significant the first difference is that the 2012 got ivy bri processors dge that last little jump in the last year of the unibody was really important a smaller spec the problem is that the 2012 got 1600 megahertz of ram whereas the year before they were running 1333 megahertz of ram 1333 is not the devil's number , the half devil number but actually the difference between the 1600 ram and the 1333 ram won't actually do that there's a big difference in the grand scheme of things you won't really notice one thing you might notice is the difference in bluetooth so the 2012 model was running bluetooth 4.0 while the 2011 was just running bluetooth 2.1 again quite a big jump and something I mean 4.0 is still used on some modern computers you know a lot of modern computers even today Probably the biggest and most exciting spec the 2012 had over the 11 and everyone else. ibodies is that all unibody's up to 2012 were running usb 2.0 which as you know anyone who has used usb 2.0 knows is slow while usb 3.0 was a real gimmick it was much faster than usb 2.0 and 2012 had it the real deal sign of a fantastic apple device is how long apple gives it software support so the 2011 macbook pro had software support until mac os high sierra while the 2012 macbook pro had two more years of software support it had macos mojave and even got mac os catalina which is what this macbook pro here is running now so what is the big update that makes the 2012 macbook pro still a very viable option for many people even today ? here is the answer the hard drive the hard drive in these computers as the standard is a physical spinning disk hard drive the difference is solid state took over after hard drives and solid state is instantaneous , it's flash storage like a usb flash drive and it's very very fast now the hard drives here are b Despite the death and redemption of this computer I'll tell you why the hard drive is so slow what which means a lot of people who haven't seen this video or don't know otherwise will sell their old 2012 Macbook Pro dirt cheap because they think it's a bunch of crap because they think why the hell would I hold on to this macbook it can't keep up with nothing i'm doing in the modern age so they just upgrade to a new macbook but actually if we have the knowledge we already have we already know the hard drive on this is user repairable pu It can be changed by the user and is actually very

easy

to do, so why wouldn't Apple use ssd hard drives as standard? price price is the main factor in 2012 for the same laptop we have here on the desktop the 256 gigabyte solid state option was a 400 dollar option while we're here we might as well take a look at the other options on the apple site back in 2012 so we can see it has all of their services one by one oh and surprise surprise many apple dongles really are the kings of dongles um yeah so over the years ssd technology has dropped in price and improved in performance and in fact we've now reached a point where a two and a half inch SATA III ssd as we would find in the 2012 macbook pro has reached the point where it physically can't be pushed any further because we hit the maximum amount of performance through SATA III so I bought myself an ssd so this ssd is the fastest ssd on the market and the fastest you can get for a SATA III connection like we have here , its the samsung 860 pro possibly a bit over the top its 90 bucks which is way less than the 400 buck option the ssd was in 2012 and actually this is much better technology than you would have bought if you had the Apple option in 2012, you can definitely get them cheaper than this, but this is the one I've chosen, it can have forty eight hundred terabytes of data written. before there could be a problem so this is this is covered by a lot more than the average Mac user so let's just install it and see how it goes.
is the macbook pro 2012 still worth it in 2020 how to buy an old macbook pro for easy ssd upgrade

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I don't know if you can see, but there's a stamp right at the top and a stamp right at the bottom. We're going to try to cut the seal at the top like that open this up it's in a perfect little plastic tray so here we have some standard Samsung documentation and we get our SATA III ssd drive that I've been looking for 256 gigabyte because that was one of the options on the original apple website some of the cheapest ssds you'll find on amazon for example you can find a 250 gigabyte ssd instead of a 256 i'll show you how

easy

What is changing the hard drive?
is the macbook pro 2012 still worth it in 2020 how to buy an old macbook pro for easy ssd upgrade
I'll show you the tools you need to do it and under no circumstances should you vacuum while we're here. I can show you some other things. Why do I need to trim? I hear you ask. I'll show you the boot time for this and compare it to the boot time for that one. we take in advance
is the macbook pro 2012 still worth it in 2020 how to buy an old macbook pro for easy ssd upgrade

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