MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Upgrades

This page covers all the upgrades we sell for the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody range, and also the MacBook Aluminium that preceeded them - these machines were made between 2008 and the present. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below. (Not the right Mac? See here for more MacBooks and MacBook Pros, or here for all Macs.)

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MacBook Pro 13"

History

This page deals with the MacBook Pro 13" and the MacBook Aluminium.

In October 2008 Apple announced a new addition to its MacBook line, with the MacBook Aluminium. This was a considerably higher end (and more expensive) than the white and black MacBooks and Apple continued to sell a white MacBook at a cheaper price.

The Aluminium MacBook is much closer to contemporary MacBook Pros than to other MacBooks, using faster DDR3 PC3-8500 memory and having a similar Aluminium unibody case. However it did not have an ExpressCard expansion slot, and controversially did not have any sort of FireWire connection, relying on USB 2 for connectivity. This Mac was sold with a 2GHz or 2.4GHz CPU. Apple's own specifications for the October 2008 MacBook Aluminium can be found here.

In June 2009 Apple updated the machine, and changed the name to the MacBook Pro 13", bringing it into the Pro range which it had always been closer to than the consumer-targeted MacBooks.

The first MacBook Pro 13" is a similar machine to the MacBook Aluminium. Maximum memory capacity increases from 6GB to 8GB, a FireWire 800 port and an SD memory card slot were added. It does not have an ExpressCard expansion slot. It was sold with a 2.26GHz or 2.53GHz CPU. Apple specs here.

In April 2010 the MacBook Pro 13" was updated with faster processor options (2.4GHz or 2.66GHz) and better graphics processing. As sold this machine can run 8GB of PC8500 in 2 x 4GB modules, but models running 10.7.5 or later with the latest EFI update can run 16GB in 2 x 8GB modules. Apple specs here.

The line was refreshed in February 2011. The CPU was moved to either a dual Core i5 2.3GHz or a dual Core i7 2.7GHz. The graphics chip was upgraded and the new Thunderbolt connection was added. Importantly for upgrades, the memory was updated to PC10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) and the machine can take up to 16GB RAM in 2 x 8GB modules. Apple specs here.

In October 2011 a minor update was released with CPU speed options increased to either a dual Core i5 2.4GHz or a dual Core i7 2.8GHz. The graphics card was also updated. Compatibility of upgrades remains unchanged. Apple specs here.

In June 2012 a new model was released with either a 2.5GHz dual i5 or 2.9GHz dual i7 CPU. The RAM was upgraded to DDR3 PC2800 1600MHz, with a maximum of 16GB in 2 x 8GB modules. Other upgrades remain unchanged Apple specs here.

A 13" "Retina" display model was released in October 2012.

How to Identify these Machines

Distinguishing the MacBook Aluminium/MacBook Pro 13" from the white or black MacBooks is simple, since the previous models have white or black plastic cases vs the aluminium ones of this model.

This Mac does look similar to the other MacBook Pros. The obvious difference is the screen size - the MacBooks have a 13.3" screen, shared only with the MacBook Pro 13" Retina display. Other Mac Book Pros have a 15" or 17" display. Detailed pages on these machines can be found here: MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08, MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08 and MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

You can easily tell the difference between the original MacBook Aluminium and the later MacBook Pro 13" models by the formers lack of a FireWire port or SD card slot, both of which are present on the later MacBook Pro 13".

The first (June 2009) and second (April 2010) revision of the MacBook Pro 13" models are very similar, but the later revision can take more RAM if certain software requirements are met.

The third MacBook Pro 13" (February 2011) model is distinguished by its Thunderbolt, Core i5 or i7 processor (rather than Core 2 Duo on the earlier machines), and a memory speed of 1333MHz (earlier machines used 1066MHz).

The forth MacBook Pro 13" (October 2011) is very similar to the February model. It's CPU clock speed was increased to either a dual Core i5 2.4GHz or a dual Core i7 2.8GHz.

The fifth MacBook Pro 13" (June 2012) has a speed bump to options of a 2.5GHz dual i5 or 2.9GHz dual i7. Memory speed was upgraded to 1600MHz (DDR3 PC12800).

There is a "Retina" very high resolution display model that dates from October 2012 which is not upgradeable.

Memory Upgrades

Memory listed here is for the MacBook Aluminium and MacBook Pro 13". Follow the relevant link for memory for the: MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08, MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08 or MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

The MacBook Aluminium and the first revision MacBook Pro 13" use DDR3 PC8500 RAM running at 1066MHz. The second revision use DDR3 PC10600 RAM running at 1333MHz. All models have two memory slots.

All of the original MacBook Aluminiums can use up to 6GB in 1 x 2GB and 1 x 4GB modules. In addition models meeting these requirements can take up to 8GB in 2 x 4GB modules.

In the MacBook Pro 13" released in June 2009 and the updated April 2010 model, each slot can take 4GB PC8500 for a maximum of 8GB in stock configuration. However April 2010 models running 10.7.5 or later with the latest EFI update can run 16GB in 2 x 8GB modules.

In the MacBook Pro 13" February 2011 and October 2011, each slot can take up to 8GB PC10600 for a maximum of 16GB.

Models released from June 2012 use DDR3 1600MHz RAM, each slot can take up to 8GB PC12800 for a maximum of 16GB.

The "Retina" display model cannot have its RAM upgraded. These were sold form October 2012, although the previous non-Retina models were sold alongside it which can be upgraded.

It is recommended but not required that RAM is installed in matched pairs of equal capacity.

Installation Service

INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an Apple LaptopStock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)

DDR3 1600MHz PC12800 for June 2012 Revisions

Kingston DDR3 PC12800 SODIMM - 4GBStock: Available£32.33 + vat (£38.80)1
Kingston DDR3 PC12800 SODIMM - 8GBStock: Available£58.76 + vat (£70.51)1
OWC DDR3 PC12800 SODIMM - 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB)Stock: Available£94.61 + vat (£113.53)1

DDR3 1333MHz PC10600 for February 2011 June 2012 Revisions

OWC DDR3 PC10600 SODIMM - 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)Stock: Available£51.02 + vat (£61.22)2
Kingston DDR3 PC10600 SODIMM - 8GBStock: Available£58.76 + vat (£70.51)2
OWC DDR3 PC10600 SODIMM - 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB)Stock: Available£95.45 + vat (£114.54)2

DDR3 1066MHz PC8500 for pre-February 2011 Revisions

Corsair DDR3 PC8500 SODIMM - 4GBStock: Available£35.20 + vat (£42.24)3
OWC DDR3 PC8500 SODIMM - 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)Stock: Available£51.44 + vat (£61.73)4
OWC DDR3 PC8500 SODIMM - 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) - see product page for detailed system requirementsStock: Available£92.14 + vat (£110.57)5
1Suitable for models released after June 2012 - these have a memory speed of 1600MHz.
2Suitable for models released after February 2011 but before June 2012. These models have a Thunderbolt port and use a Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, not Core 2 Duo.
3MacBook Aluminums can safely use up to 6GB, although 8GB can be used if you meet these requirements only the MacBook Pro 13" released between June 2009 and February 2011. Models with a FireWire 800 port and an SD card slot, but without a Thuderbolt port.
4These OWC modules are only suitable for the MacBook Pro 13in 2009. While the 2010 model also uses PC8500 RAM, this particular kit is not suitable for them.
5Compatible with mid-2010 models (Model ID: MacBookPro7,1), but only those running 10.7.5 or later with the latest EFI update. See here for details.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3/5 - Reasonably Easy

You do need to undo some screws and remove the base of the machine to fit memory to this Mac, see here for full instructions.

See OWC installation videos here.

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

Internally the MacBook Aluminium and MacBook Pro 13" use an Apple specific SATA optical drive, which we do not at present supply.

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in a PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro or CubeStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
Optical Drive Enclosure - USB 2 enclosure for 9.5mm & 12.7mm SATA Optical DrivesStock: Available£20.00 + vat (£24.00)
Internal SATA DVD-RW 9.5mm for most unibody MacBook Pros and MacBooksStock: Available£59.00 + vat (£70.80)1
External USB 2.0 CD/DVD-RW Drive - Bus PoweredStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
OWC Slim 6x Portable Blu-Ray Burner, Bus-Powered - Blu Ray, DL DVD+/-RW, CD RW/RStock: Available£104.87 + vat (£125.84)2
1Not compatible with the MacBook Aluminium. Fits in all MacBook Pro Unibody 13in models.
2Blu-Ray is not fully supported in OSX. Disks can be mounted and read, but movie playback requires third party software.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

Hard drives and SSDs listed here are for the MacBook Aluminium and MacBook Pro 13". Follow the relevant link for hard drives for the: MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08, MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08 or MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

The MacBook Aluminium and MacBook Pro 13" take 2.5" SATA drives internally. All the following drives are compatible. To get an idea of the performance differences between a hard drive and an SSD, see this video from OWC - the SSD used is the OWC Mercuary Extreme Pro 6G which is listed below.

The "Retina" display model cannot have its RAM upgraded. These were sold form October 2012, although the previous non-Retina models were sold alongside it which can be upgraded.

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

Installation Services

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Drive in a PowerBook or MacBook/MacBook ProStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Fit Customer Supplied PartStock: Available£17.50 + vat (£21.00)

Hard Drives Spinning at 5400RPM

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 7mm SATA 5400RPMStock: Available£41.07 + vat (£49.28)
Seagate Laptop Hard Drive 2TB 2.5in SATA 600 5400RPMStock: Available£78.87 + vat (£94.64)

Hard Drives Spinning at 7200RPM

Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" SATA 7200RPMStock: Available£54.90 + vat (£65.88)
Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" SATA 600 7200RPMStock: Available£56.10 + vat (£67.32)

Hard Drive/SSD Hybrids

Seagate FireCuda 5400RPM 1TB 2.5" HYBRID 8GB SSDStock: Available£59.59 + vat (£71.51)
Seagate FireCuda 5400RPM 2TB 2.5" HYBRID 8GB SSDStock: Available£93.55 + vat (£112.26)

Internal Solid State Disk (SSD) Drives

OWC Mercury 120GB Electra 3G 2.5" SATA 300 SSDStock: Available£46.99 + vat (£56.39)1
OWC Mercury 250GB Electra 3G 2.5" SATA 300 SSDStock: Available£70.66 + vat (£84.79)1
OWC Mercury 500GB Electra 3G 2.5" SATA 300 SSDStock: Available£129.45 + vat (£155.34)1
OWC Mercury 120GB Extreme Pro 6G 2.5 SSD SATA 600 Read 559MB/s Write 527MB/sStock: Special Order£81.13 + vat (£97.36)2
OWC Mercury 480GB Extreme Pro 6G 2.5 SSD SATA 600 Read 559MB/s Write 527MB/sStock: Special Order£174.66 + vat (£209.59)2
Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD SATA 600Stock: Available£64.35 + vat (£77.22)
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD SATA 600Stock: Available£89.60 + vat (£107.52)
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD SATA 600Stock: Available£194.88 + vat (£233.86)
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD SATA 600Stock: Special Order£381.72 + vat (£458.06)
Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD SATA 600Stock: Special Order£825.93 + vat (£991.12)

HDD Mounts for Optical Bay

Optical Drive Bay Hard Drive Caddy SATA - SATA for 9.5mm DrivesStock: Available£19.00 + vat (£22.80)
Optical Drive Bay Hard Drive Caddy 9.5mm SATA + Enclosure for Optical DriveStock: Available£32.00 + vat (£38.40)
1Recommended for models up to the Early 2011 (models without Thunderbolt). These have a SATA 300 controller.
2Recommended for the Early 2011 model and later (models with Thunderbolt). These have a SATA 600 controller.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3/5 - Reasonably easy

The hard drive in this Mac a user replaceable part - see Apple's instructions here.

See OWC installation videos here.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The graphics card is not replaceable on the Mac.

REPAIR SERVICE - Replace LCD Panel on any MacBook Pro Unibody with glossy display - Fitting & PartStock: Available£169.00 + vat (£202.80)
REPAIR SERVICE - Replacement Glass Panel for any MacBook Pro Unibody - Fitting & PartStock: Available£89.00 + vat (£106.80)
REPAIR SERVICE - Replacement Glass and LCD Panel for any MacBook Pro Unibody with glossy display - Fitting & PartsStock: Available£189.00 + vat (£226.80)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Expansion Card Upgrades

There are none available.

Keyboards & Mice

An external keyboard and/or mouse can be connected via a USB socket.

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

Third Party 85W AC adapter for MacBook/MacBook ProStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
Battery for MacBook AluminiumStock: Available£59.00 + vat (£70.80)1
Battery for MacBook Pro 13"Stock: Available£69.00 + vat (£82.80)2
1For the MacBook Aluminium only, not for the MacBook Pro 13".
2Not compatible with the MacBook Aluminium. Fits in all MacBook Pro Unibody 13in models.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Adaptors

OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock - Thunderbolt to Firewire 800, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and Audio in/outStock: Available£198.05 + vat (£237.66)1
Thunderbolt 2 Cable (White) - 1mStock: Available£31.78 + vat (£38.14)2
OWC Thunderbolt 2 Cable (Black) - 3mStock: Special Order£39.24 + vat (£47.09)2
USB 2 to 2.5in SATA Drive Cable (for accessing a 2.5in SATA drive via USB)Stock: Available£6.49 + vat (£7.79)
FireWire 400 - 800 Adaptor Cable M/M (6pin - 9pin) 6 ftStock: Available£11.00 + vat (£13.20)
Mini DisplayPort - VGA M/F Video AdaptorStock: Available£15.72 + vat (£18.86)3
Mini DisplayPort - DVI M/F Passive Video AdaptorStock: Available£12.50 + vat (£15.00)3
Mini DisplayPort - DVI M/F Active Video AdaptorStock: Available£28.00 + vat (£33.60)3
Mini DisplayPort - HDMI M/F Passive AdaptorStock: Available£14.00 + vat (£16.80)3
Mini DisplayPort - HDMI M/F Active AdaptorStock: Available£26.15 + vat (£31.38)3

Tools

Torx Screwdriver Set - 20mm T6 T7 T8 T9 T10Stock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Screwdriver Set - 20mm Phillips #00, #0, #1 - Flat 1.4mm, 1.8mm, 2.4mmStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£7.50 + vat (£9.00)
1Only for models with a Thunderbolt port, running OSX 10.9.5 or later.
2Only suitable for models with a Thunderbolt port.
3For models with a Mini DisplayPort video output port.

External Drives & Enclosures

With the lack of FireWire on the MacBook Aluminium, and the fact that it has no expansion port for adding additional connectivity, you can only use hard drives which have a USB 2 connection with this Mac.

The MacBook Pro 13" has a FireWire 800 port so can control any FireWire drive. It does need an adapter or a 6pin - 9pin FireWire cable to attach a FireWire 400 device.

3.5" USB 3 External Drives

WD Elements USB 3 (USB 2 compatible) 3.5in External HDD - 2TBStock: Available£83.37 + vat (£100.04)
WD Elements USB 3 (USB 2 compatible) 3.5in External HDD - 4TBStock: Available£118.10 + vat (£141.72)

2.5" USB 3.0 External Drives

Buffalo MiniStation 1TB USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) 2.5in Hard DriveStock: Available£55.03 + vat (£66.04)
OWC Envoy Pro EX 960GB External USB 3.0 SSDStock: Unavailable£370.54 + vat (£444.65)1

Docking Stations

NewerTech Voyager Q Quad Interface 2.5 & 3.5 SATA Hard Drive Docking StationStock: Special Order£64.77 + vat (£77.72)

Thunderbolt Enclosures

3.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 Enclosure for 3.5in SATA DrivesStock: Available£35.79 + vat (£42.95)

2.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 (USB 2 compatible) Enclosure for 2.5in SATA Drive with UASPStock: Available£19.02 + vat (£22.82)
1Only compatible with models with a USB 3 port.

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

There are none available.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.