How to Find Your MacBook’s Year and Age Instantly

Saikat Basu 07-12-2016

Apple has simple product lineup. Unlike other manufacturers, the company does not change the name of the MacBook’s with each new release. But then, how do you distinguish this year’s latest from last year’s.


A new MacBook user can easily get confused. And this dilemma can stop anyone from understanding the warranty on the model or getting a good price on the resell of a Mac How to Safely Sell Your MacBook or iMac for the Best Price Don't risk your privacy and personal data by selling your Mac without erasing it first! Read More . The solution is simple and available within two clicks.

Find the Age of Your MacBook

Apple uses the year and the time period to distinguish between each model. For instance, there are differences between a MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) and a MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008).

On your MacBook, go to the Apple menu (upper-left corner) > About This Mac.

Mac Menu (Click The Apple Icon)
In the window that pops up, you’ll see a serial number. Highlight and copy it.
Mac Serial Number
Head to Apple’s Check Your Service and Support Coverage page and paste the serial number. Hit Continue, and you’ll see the model, along with details about what support services are still covered.
MacBook Coverage
Apple also helps you identify your MacBook model with the information on its How to identify MacBook models page.

All About Your Mac

The sales invoice is the most obvious source for the serial number. But it helps to know all the places where you can find it.


Like more information about your Mac? Click the System Report button. Another window pops out with detailed information about the hardware, network and software for your Mac.

It is likely you knew how to find the model and year for your Mac. But if you didn’t, hope this simple tip helped a little.

Related topics: MacBook, MacBook Air.

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