How to identify which Apple Mac you own
When identifying which Apple Mac you own, the issue is always that there are so many different versions.
With Apple mobile phones, they will only ever release one or potentially two variants of your device. What’s more, they are always going to be visibly unique in some way.
With computers, especially for an Apple Mac, it may be exactly the same in every way on the outside. Even the model number on the system could potentially be the same. However, there can be very different hardware on the inside. One tiny chip that makes all the difference to how it runs.
Identifying which Apple Mac you own is important. If you are buying or selling a device then you will know how valuable that computer really is. It’s also vital if you were looking to receive technical support.
All Macs are built differently and therefore have varying issues, often with unique fixes.
Apple Mac variants
Apple currently produces and sells five different versions of the Mac: the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro and Mac Mini.
Even within these lines, there can be big differences from year to year, in screen size and processing power.
That doesn’t even include all the lines that Apple no longer produces, such as MacBook, iMac Pro and Mac’s of various years gone by.
Identifying which Apple Mac you own
- Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your Mac – the look of this icon can vary.
- This will bring up a drop-down menu. Pick the top option: “About This Mac/About This MacBook”.
- The resulting window details the Apple Mac model.
Typically, Apple breaks down the device by screen size, type of display, and finally, the year. Using this information can quickly identify which Mac you own. In addition, this allows you to find out its value or research any software issues that may be occurring.
What if my Mac won’t turn on?
However, if you can’t find the Apple menu or you can’t access the menu because the Mac won’t turn on, you should be able to determine the Mac model by:
- Find the Serial Number on the underside of your Mac. On MacBook’s this will be on the rear side of the device. On iMacs and similar desktops it will be on the underside of the stand.
- It’s also written on the original packaging, next to the barcode label.
- Head over to the Apple website. Here you can enter the serial number of your Mac, review the warranty on it and find out which model you have.
Using this information, it becomes very easy to shop for cases, access technical information and book a repair on our site.
How to get a Mac repaired
Simply head over to the relevant category for your Mac. Select the specific model you have identified by following the steps above. Finally, choose which repair you require. Simple!
Are you looking into whether it is worth repairing, selling or replacing your MacBook? We have another handy article for you that goes into detail about why you should get your MacBook repaired.