MacMost Now 574: Looking Up Apple Tech Specs

Learn how to look up the serial number for your Mac, and then use that number to get the official model number for your Mac. You must have that model number to purchase memory upgrades. Find out about the Tech Specs section of the Apple web site where you can learn more about your Mac and other Apple devices.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let me show you how to find the model number for your mac and get lots more information like what type of memory your mac takes.
So the first thing you wanna do is go to the apple menu and go to about this mac. And then click on the more info button. This will bring up the system profiler and snow leopard. At eleven line this is about to be updated to a system information application but either way you should be able to find this serial number for your mac under system profiler, in hardware when have that selected and you can find the serial number for your system right here. So you wanna copy that and then you wanna run safari. The page you wanna go to is support.apple.com/specs s-p-e-c-s. And here you can enter in that serial number it return and it's going to find your mac and get the exact model number. So here I can see this is early 2008 Mac Pro, and I can click on it to get text specs. So once I do that I get all sorts of information here, for instance I get the original standard specifications and also build order options. What's very useful here is the builder order options for memory, so I can see what memory support it, so for instance I can see that the standard uses 2 Gigs of memory, but you can in fact go up to 32 Gigs with 8 4Gig sticks.
Now one of the most important bits of information is right here at the top, you can see right here it gives you the model number for your mac. This model number is crucial if you are going to go out to other websites and purchase memory upgrades for instance. You'll need this number to determine exactly the type of memory you need to make sure you get the right thing.
Now back at the main page here, you can also see you can look at more than just macs. For instance if you wanted to find out the technical specifications for your iphone, you click on iphone there, it lists the four major models and you can look up data for those.
There's even some software listed there, like you can look up the technical specifications for snow leopard, for parts of the ilife suite or some of the apples professional apps.
So there is a quick look at the tech spec section of the apple website, something that every mac or apple product owner should know about.
Till next time, this is Gary for MacMost Now.

Comments: 6 Responses to “MacMost Now 574: Looking Up Apple Tech Specs”

    Eddie
    7/5/11 @ 5:19 am

    Thanks Gary for that website info. I never knew about it. You have giving me so much info about the Mac.

    Peter
    7/7/11 @ 10:42 am

    Thank you Gary for your educational videos, very unique. Also it would be nice to hear anything about coming soon of 128 bit operating system, Thanks again.

    Greg
    7/8/11 @ 1:33 am

    Thanks Gary. Have you tried this on a macbook pro ? I don’t get the two columns – the standard, and built to order ones as you do. I just get the generic specs of the systems that were available.I bought my macbook pro in April 2010.

      7/8/11 @ 9:51 am

      Sometimes the built-to-order options simply appear further down on the page.

    Jason
    7/19/11 @ 4:21 pm

    Gary, Thanks for the info! I can’t seem to find the model number thought like you show in the video for my iMac. It is the Mid 2010 version. Any suggestions?

      7/19/11 @ 6:42 pm

      Look on your original receipt (email receipt, maybe, if you bought from Apple). It should be there too.

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