How to Define Which Type of MacBook You Are Using

Discover the ways to detect the serial number and other details that can assist in identifying a Mac model.

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Define the serial number, part number, and model identifier

There are numerous models of MacBooks today. The main categorization is Pro, Air, and original MacBook. Do you wonder which device you are using in fact? Perhaps, you had already noticed a line of letters and numbers on the back of your device. That is what they call a serial number. This code can determine the exact model a Mac owner is using. Some of the models have the serial number on their surfaces, and all of them have one on the packaging.

Use “About This Mac” Option to Identify Mac Properly

If you cannot discover this number on the MacBook’s surface for some reasons or have lost the original packaging, some ways still exist to check the serial number. An About This Mac feature is useful in many cases. It can display any basic information about your Apple device. So, if you do not have time and desire to look for the original instruction/guide, just check this option to find the details on your Mac.

To get the information, select Apple menu -> About This Mac. I the popped-up window, a user will see Mac’s model title. It can be something like MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009) and looks like it is time to switch to something ‘fresher’ to enjoy more opportunities. It is possible to apply a serial number to get more information on the service/support features. It is also possible to discover technical specifications. Finally, you will need to tell that number in case the device is lost or stolen.

Another option is to apply integrated Mac’s model identifier. You will need About This Mac once again. Pick System Report in its window. You will see the Model Identifier option in the System Information. Apply the identifier to place MacBook below.

Check the surface of target MacBook

Shut down MacBook. Carefully turn it over. You will detect the serial number on the device’s underside next to the regulatory markings.

Do not lose the original Mac’s packaging/receipt

Never throw away the original packaging of any expensive product. First of all, it is your chance to use a warranty one day. Second, it contains a lot of useful information. Finally, you should keep it to confirm you are the owner when needed. Having it along with the receipt is double-hit.

Have a look at the packaging of your MacBook. The serial number will show up on a barcode label on the box.

One more thing to discover over there is the Apple part number. For instance, it could be MLHE2xx/A. Everything you should do then to understand which model you are using exactly, compare the serial number with the one on our list of MacBooks.

By the way, if you wonder what the “xx” letters before the slash mean, know that those are the variables that are different from country to country.

If you find a receipt/invoice faster than the original MacBook’s packaging, check the specific details about your Apple device there. This piece of paper should contain the serial and model number as well as configuration information.

Below in this article, you can view a full list of MacBook models released by today. Click on every model to get the tech specs.


MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)

Model Identifier: MacBook 10,1

Part Numbers:



MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)

Model Identifier: MacBook 9,1

Part Numbers:



MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)

Model Identifier: MacBook 8,1

Part Numbers:



MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)

Model Identifier: MacBook 7,1

Part Number: MC516xx/A


MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)

Model Identifier: MacBook 6,1

Part Number: MC207xx/A

MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)

Model Identifier: MacBook 5,2

Part Number: MC240xx/A

MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)

Model Identifier: MacBook 5,2

Part Number: MB881xx/A