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2013 Apple MacBook Pro Laptops

MacBook Pro laptops marry aesthetics with performance. As a member of Apple's line of products, this version was the first Mac laptop to have fully integrated Intel CPUs for faster processing and peak function. The larger screen size, Thunderbolt and SSD compatibility, and higher resolution Retina Display have made it useful.

What kinds of processors are used?

While these were the first generation to have Intel CPUs, they still function off a variety of operating systems. The Intel cores that were developed into this line are the Intel Core i5 4th Generation and 5th Generation as well as the Core i7 2nd Generation through 7th Generation. The 2013 MacBook models also saw the introduction of trackpads. These units provide a touch-sensitive interface. The large surface allows manipulation of the computer through finger gestures and patterns. They are able to accommodate several operating systems, including:

  • OS X 10.13, High Sierra
  • OS X 10.12, Sierra
  • OS X 10.11, El Capitan
  • OS X 10.10, Yosemite
  • OS X 10.9, Mavericks
What is a Retina Display?

A Retina Display is essentially any display on an Apple product. The company successfully created Retina screens that made images appear crisp with clear text and smooth lines. Their pixel display of approximately 300 per square inch is high enough that they cannot be seen with the naked eye from 12 inches away. The overall effect of this update is a seamless image that doesn't look blocky or pixelated.

How long is the battery life?

Once fully charged, the MacBook will typically last 6 to 7 hours with moderate usage. If multiple applications are running and you are performing a concentrated amount of work, you can expect it to last about half that time. Minimal use will give you upwards of 10 hours of run time.

Where do you find the time left on the charge?

In an effort to take the guesswork out of figuring out how much life is remaining, there is a built-in diagnostic program on many MacBook models. It tells you exactly how much time you have left based on the current level of usage before the computer shuts down. You will want to use it until the battery icon located in the upper right corner turns red for a low battery warning. Afterwards, follow these steps:

  1. Open the "Applications" folder.
  2. Click "Utilities."
  3. Launch "Activity Monitor."
  4. Click the "Energy" tab from the middle menu.
  5. Data will appear that shows the "Remaining Charge", "Time Remaining," which is the time left on the current charge, and "Time on Battery," which is how long your computer has been running on the current charge.
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