New Mac models do not come out as often as new iPhone models do. Even iPads, as popular as they are, aren’t refreshed annually. The model to model difference between Macs often isn’t that noticeable either so it might not be easy to tell, at a glance, what your Mac model is. In fact, for some iPhone models, you cannot tell them apart unless you actually use the device and notice the difference in features. Macs, like iPhones, have a built in method to check the Mac model of a MacBook or iMac, or Mac mini.
Check Mac Model
On your Mac, go to the Apple menu and select About this Mac.
This will open a window giving you an overview of the Mac. The window, by default opens to the Overview tab that ought to tell you what your model is. The screenshot below shows that the Mac in question is a MacBook Pro but it doesn’t give the year.
To get the year, you can copy the serial number given on this same tab, and enter it on Apple’s page for checking service and support coverage.
The results will tell you, in addition to other things, your exact Mac model complete with name and year.
The above two methods work for all types of Macs i.e., Macbooks, Mac minis, and iMacs. It’s practically fail safe. If you need a way to check the Mac model without turning it on, flip your Macbook over, or examine the stand for your iMac and you will find a model number printed on it. It ought to be a five character alphanumeric number that you can search online, as well as on Apple’s own website to check the model of the Mac. If you can’t find the number on a Mac, check its box. The same number ought to be printed somewhere on it.
Generally speaking, there’s no way to fake this information. If you’re worried whether or not a Mac you’re buying is the real thing, the model or serial number is the easiest way to check it if looking at it alone doesn’t do the trick. It’s also a good way to check the specs of a Mac which, if you’re buying it second hand, is something you ought to do just to make sure everything is what it should be.
If you want, you can also check your iPhone model with the code on its box.