How do I find the specs of my Mac?
There are many reasons why you might need to know your Mac's specifications. Perhaps you're thinking of buying a new game, app or accessory and you want to check whether it's compatible or whether your Mac has enough power to run it.
You might be thinking about selling your Mac, in which case you'll want to be able to accurately let the buyer know what they're getting. Whatever the reason, there's a quick and easy way to find out all of your Macs specs, as described below.
How to check the specs of your Mac: About This Mac
First, click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your Mac, in the navigation/menu bar is. This will bring up a drop-down menu. Pick the top option, which reads: About This Mac. You'll now get a window that will offer up all of the information you might need.
The first tab is an overview, showing the operating system version that you are running, the exact model of your computer and when it was launched, the processor, the memory, the graphics and the serial number.
That's usually all you'll need to look at, but if you want to dig deeper into your Mac's specs, it's easy to do so. You'll see several tabs along the top of the About this Mac window. You can find out more specific information about the display, storage and memory, and you'll also find links to Mac help and hardware support. Read: Mac Pro versus iMac.
In Mavericks or earlier, you'll need to click the 'More info' icon at the bottom of the About this Mac window to bring up a new window with the more in-depth specs that you might need.
If you would like to know more about your Mac you can click on the System Report button found within the About This Mac window. This will pop out another window which will provide you with detailed information about your Mac. In here you can find specific information about your hardware, network and even software.
How to check the specs of your Mac: How to find the battery size on a MacBook
One of the questions we sometimes get asked is: How do I find out the battery size within my MacBook?
This information can be useful to know if you have to change your battery or simply looking to list it within the specs of your MacBook in your sale listing. To find the size and detailed information about your battery, open the Hardware tab within the System Report window, to reveal Power. Within the Power option, you'll be able to see detailed information about your battery.
The Cycle Count is an interesting number to analyse for your battery's health, where a higher Cycle Count could give you a slight indication about the Mac being used to a great extent. With the screenshot below you'll be able to see our reasonably new Mac, which has only had one charge cycle, as it has been plugged in since we got it into the office. We do normally recommend using the battery, by letting it discharge to around 40% and then charging it to around 80% - as this will extend its battery life.
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