What Year is Your MacBook Pro by Serial Number?

By Jenny | Posted to Home > News, on November 26th, 2021

You may want to figure out the model and year of your Mac when you are looking to update the macOS, checking if it is compatible with the latest macOS Monterey. Or when you are considering upgrading to a new Mac.

Knowing about your Mac's age also helps you decide its value when trading in through Apple’s buyback program or reselling to another person.

This post will discuss how to identify your MacBook Pro's model name and its year through the Apple menu or by its serial number. We also list the MacBook Pro models by year for your reference.

what year is your MacBook Pro

What year and model is your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

Unlike other computer manufacturers, Apple keeps its Mac lineups simple with its name unchanged. After using the Mac for a few years, you may want to know how long the MacBook Pro will last but forget when it was purchased.

Luckily, Apple made it easy to discover the MacBook model name and its release year. Though it doesn't tell you the exact year you struck the deal, you get a sense of its age.

Find out what model and year your MacBook Pro is in the Apple Menu

The easiest way to figure out the model and year of your MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini, is through the Apple menu. Here are the steps.

what model and year is your MacBook Pro
  • 1. Click the Apple logo at the upper-left corner of your Mac.
  • 2. Select About This Mac.
  • 3. From the pop-up Overview tab, you can see your Mac's model name and the year it was introduced.

Each Mac model has a unique serial number for identification. So looking up the Mac serial number is another way to know what year your MacBook Pro is made and its model name.

Find out what model and year your MacBook Pro is by serial number

Noticeably, you can see the serial number in About This Mac. But you don't actually need to access your Mac to find the serial number. You can find it on the purchase invoice, the bottom of your Mac, or the original packaging next to a barcode label.

  • 1. Go to Apple's Check Coverage page.
  • 2. Enter the serial number into the text box.
  • 3. Input the captcha code, then click Continue.
  • 4. Now the page will show you the model information, what year your MacBook Pro is released, and if you have any repairs and service coverage left.

Alternatively, you can find the model number like A2338 printed on the underside of your MacBook Pro, near the regulatory markings. Then look through the list in the next part to find out your MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/MacBook model and year.

model number and serial number on the bottom of your MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/MacBook models by Year

a list of MacBook pro/MacBook Air/MacBook models by year