When Was Your Mac Built? How to Find The Make & Model Year of a Mac

Aug 20, 2012 - 8 Comments

Find Out When a Mac Was Made

You’ll often hear Mac users reference their machines by a model and the build year (for example, Mac Mini 2010, or MacBook Pro 2016), or by a timeline within the year it was released (iMac mid-2011 model). Sure some Mac users just have an amazing memory for this stuff, but everyone else can retrieve the model year and build date of their Mac by looking under the About This Mac screen in new versions of Mac OS X.

This tutorial will show you exactly how to find the model year of any Mac so that you’ll know when it was built. This can be invaluable information for upgrades, warranty details, and much more.

How to Find Model Year of Any Mac

  1. Pull down the  Apple menu and select “About This Mac”
  2. Click on “More Info…” and look under the Macs model name to find the specific model and model year in the subheader

Note that newer Mac OS X versions will immediately go to an “Overview” screen where this is visible right away:

Find Mac model hardware year was built

These build dates are used to determine compatibility and system requirements for OS X upgrades like Mountain Lion, support for specific features like AirPlay, and even to determine eligibility for the rare recall if there’s a hardware fault with a specific Mac model.


Note that all modern versions of Mac OS including macOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion include the improved About This Mac screen, though Macs running Snow Leopard or before will have to find the build date through System Profiler, and some pre-2008 Macs will need to go based on the “Model Identifier” instead of a direct date reference.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Colin Fox says:

    NOt on my mac mini I believe i got it mid 2009 though Its an intel core 2 duo

  2. cosmo says:

    Mine shows “15-inch 2.4/2.2GHz”
    I bought my Mac November 1, 2007.

  3. Atman says:

    I have the same model macbook air 2012 Core i5 with HD 4000 but i don’t have 512Mo VRAM i just have 384Mo Of VRAM ???

    What’s Wrong ?

  4. Jeff says:

    System Profiler….? OK, how?

  5. Seb says:

    Ever since I installed Sierra the trash sound has stopped working!!! I empty the trash and there is NO sound!!!

  6. 72Hoya says:

    Except that when I click on “About this Mac” and the “Overview” screen appears, it doesn’t say when my MacBook Pro was built. I suspect 2007-08 but am unsure. If I am correct, then my MacBook Pro is too old, I can’t use the new iOS, and I can’t get iMovie. :-(

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