How to Find a Macbook's Manufacture Date

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How to Find a Macbook's Manufacture Date
How old is your MacBook? The answer can be found in the serial number. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Everything you need to know about your MacBook computer can be found in a single spot under the heading "About this Mac." This includes all hardware and software information, peripherals, the speed of your processor, how much memory is installed plus other information that may be helpful in diagnostics or when buying or selling the computer. Interestingly enough, the MacBook's manufacture date is not listed as such, but is encoded in the serial number of your computer.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Apple" icon located on the desktop, in the upper left hand corner of your MacBook's Finder window.

  2. 2

    Scroll down to "About This Mac," then click on the "More Info" button at the bottom of the window.

  3. 3

    Note the "Hardware Overview" pane on the right side of the window. Locate the "Serial Number (system):" toward the bottom of the list. Locate the serial number for your Macbook in the "Hardware Overview" window that opens. The serial number is composed of characters and letters, and contains the manufacture date.

  4. 4

    Note that the first two characters in the serial number signify the location where your computer was manufactured. Examine the third character in the string, which is a single digit. This is the year your MacBook was manufactured. For instance, if the numeral is "8," your computer was made in 2008; the numeral "0" would signify that the manufacture date is 2010, since the MacBook was not released in the year 2000. Now look at the fourth and fifth characters which signify the week that the MacBook was manufactured. The digits "12" for instance, would mean that the notebook was made in the 12th week of the year, which is the third week in March.

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