How to identify a Mac ?.


To sell your Mac at the best price, you need to know its age, its serial number and its physical and technical characteristics ? Or, you want to identify your Mac before performing an update to macOS ?

In this tutorial, we explain how to identify the model of your Mac, find serial number, and technical specifications of your Mac.

How to know the model of your Mac ?.

Apple has developed 7 models of Macs, they are distinguished primarily by the size of their screen, and the power of their processor.

Three models are portable computers, which are MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and the MacBook. The other four are desktop computers, the Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro.

To identify the specific Mac you have, turn it on and click on the icon of the apple, located at the top left of your screen. Then, in the drop-down menu, click about this Mac. The window that appears gives you the technical details of your Mac.

The screen, the size, the color and the external ports also allow you to identify the Mac laptops and Mac desktop computers.

What Mac laptop do you have ?.


The Mac laptops have the name of their model, written just under their screen, except for those released between 2012 and 2016.

They can also be distinguished by the quality of the screen, for example the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, the most ancient, does not have the Retina display (high resolution LCD).

Size and Weight.

Today, the MacBook is the smallest Apple computers. The MacBook Pro is slightly thicker than the MacBook and the MacBook Air (feel free to read our comparison of the 2 models).

The old models themselves are much more large and heavy.


The MacBook Air is only available in space Grey, Gold and Silver, while the MacBook was offered in Rose gold, gold, space Grey or Silver.

The MacBook Pro is sold in space Grey or Silver.

Ports .

If your Mac laptop only has a USB Type-C for its reload and the connection of devices, then it is a MacBook.

The MacBook Air 2018 embarks 2 USB ports (Type-C/Thunderbolt 3, its previous models are recognizable by their MagSafe port, two USB 3 ports, its output, its single SDXC card slot and Thunderbolt port 2.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro, it has, 2 Thunderbolt ports 3 and the 15-inch boards 4-port Thunderbolt 3 and a Jack.

Some of the MacBook Pro are equipped with the TouchBar, it is placed just above the keyboard. The new generation of 2019 has one.

What desktop Mac do you have ?.

Here are some clues to help you identify your Mac desktop :


The iMac and iMac Pro are the only computers desktop with built-in screen. They are each available in two sizes, 21.5 and 27 inches. Most of the iMac sold in recent years have a Retina display with a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels, or over one billion colors supported. The iMac entry-level 21.5-inch has a screen standard.

Size and weight.

The iMac that came out before 2009 have a smaller screen (either 20-or 24-inch), those released at an earlier date are even smaller (15 and 17 inches). Since 2015, the design of the iMac is refined, to not do more than 5 mm thick. If your iMac is thicker, then it is necessarily prior to 2015.

The Mac mini is the most compact of Apple computers, the most recent measure to 19.7 x 19.7 cm and 3.6 cm in height.

The Mac Pro last generation are 25 cm, they are two times smaller than their predecessors. The new model, planned for September 2019, will be wide and 21.8 cm.


If your iMac is white (or any other color of plastic) then it is older than 2007, since their housing is made of aluminum. In 2005, when Apple introduces the Mac Mini, it has the colours white and silver gray.

Their design has not changed from 2010, it is now in aluminium. And since 2011, Apple has removed the optical drive. In 2018, the Mac mini has taken on the color silver grey.

In 2013, The Mac Pro has been completely redesigned. If yours is black and it has a cylindrical shape then you are in possession of the most recent version.
If it has the form of a rectangular block of aluminum, then it is released between 2006 and 2012.

The external Ports.

The new imacs generation are equipped with an SDXC card slot, outputs, USB 3, Thunderbolt 3/USB-C and Gigabit Ethernet. Note that the iMac came out before 2017 have a Thunderbolt port 2, and not 3.

The latest Mac mini is equipped with two ports Thunderbolt 2, four outputs for USB 3, an HDMI output and Ethernet, and a SDXC card slot. You will recognize a Mac mini, which came out before 2011, his slot for optical drive.

Since 2018, the mac Mini has 4 Thunderbolt ports 3/the USB Type-C, HDMI, 2 USB 3.1 and a Ethernet.

Find the identifier of a Mac and its release date.

The id, the release date, and processor speed are important data that defines the Mac that you have or that you want to buy.

To verify this information, click on the icon of the apple, located at the top left. In the drop-down menu, click about this Mac. Then click on More info, then on system Report.

To discover all the technical features of your Mac, as well as its release date, click on Hardware.

This date is very important because it will allow you to recognize its processor and its components.

Find the serial number of a Mac.

If your Mac has been stolen, or it is the subject of a product recall, it is essential to be in possession of the serial number (the serial, in English).

To do this, click on the icon of the apple, located at the top left. In the drop-down menu, click about this Mac, click More info, then system Report.

Finally, in the new window that opens, click Hardware, the serial number will be displayed there.

Identify a Mac without turning it on.

Your Mac misbehaves and you can’t turn it on ? Be aware that every Mac, whether laptop or desktop, has a label that shows the model number and the serial number. Below, we show you where spot on each of them.

iMac : Unplug all cables, then turn on your iMac. The numbers are listed on the reverse side.

MacBook Air : The identifiers are located at the back of your MacBook Air.

MacBook Pro : The numbers are inscribed on the back, on the bottom of the computer. If you have a model prior to 2008, remove the battery, because the numbers are on the top.

Mac Pro, before 2013 (tower) : Its serial number is on the back panel of the computer, near the video ports.

The Mac Pro late 2013 (cylinder) : The serial number is indicated on the bottom surface of the computer.

Mac mini : If you have a Mac mini original, or at the end of 2009, the serial number is on the edge of the lower housing. On the other hand, if you have a Mac mini mid-2010 or later date, then the serial number is located on the bottom surface of your computer.

Note that the model number and serial number can also be included on your invoice and on the original packaging of your Mac.