A top-down view of a MacBook computer on a desk
A top-down view of a MacBook computer on a desk

How to identify your MacBook or iPad model

By Trent

With so many different models and variations of Apple's popular MacBook and iPad available, it can be difficult to determine exactly which model you own. This can be particularly important when purchasing accessories such as cases and screen protectors which need to match the size, shape, and features of the device with precision. 

This simple guide will help you to quickly and accurately identify your device's model number according to Apple's numbering convention.

MacBook

There are two ways to identify your MacBook model number:

  1. Inside the macOS operating system

With your MacBook turned on, click the Apple Logo located at the top left corner of the menu bar, followed by 'About this Mac'. A window will appear showing your computer's model name - for example, MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) as seen in the photo below.

MacBook system info screen showing model description

  1. On the back of your MacBook

You can also use your MacBook's model identifier to locate the right product. Start by removing any case or protector from your MacBook and turning it over. In the first line of text you will see a model identifier starting with A.

The underside of a MacBook laptop showing the product information

Use this identifier and the below table to determine which MacBook model you have:

Product Name

Model Number Year Released
MacBook Air M1 13 A2337 2020
MacBook Air 13 (13-inch, 2020) A2179 2020
MacBook Air 13 (Thunderbolt 3/USB-C) A1932 2018-2019
MacBook Air 13 A1466, A1369 2010-2017
MacBook Air 11 A1465, A1370 2010-2013
MacBook Pro 16 (Thunderbolt 3/USB-C) A2141 2019
MacBook Pro 15 (Thunderbolt 3/USB-C) A1990, A1707 2016-2019
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two/ Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) A2289, A2251 2020
MacBook Pro 13 (Thunderbolt 3/USB-C) A1989, A1708, A1706, A2159 2016-2019
MacBook Pro 15 Retina A1398 2012-2015
MacBook Pro 13 Retina A1502, A1425 2012-2015
MacBook Pro 12 Retina A1534 2015-2018
MacBook Pro 15 Unibody A1278, A1286 2008-2012

iPad

Remove any case or protection from your iPad and turn it over. Towards the bottom of the iPad, you will see 2 small lines of text. At the end of the first line will be the product's model identifier, usually starting with A. 

The back of an iPad highlighting the model identifier

Use this number and the table below to identify which iPad model you have:

Product Name Model Number Year Released
iPad (8th gen) A2270, A2428, A2429, A2430 2020
iPad (7th gen) A2197, A2200, A2198 2019
iPad (6th gen) A1893, A1954 2018
iPad (5th gen) A1822, A1823 2017
iPad (4th gen) A1458, A1459, A1460 2012
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th gen) A2378, A2379, A2461, A2462 2021
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen) A2229, A2069, A2232, A2233 2020
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen) A1876, A2014, A1895, A1983 2018
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd gen) A1670, A1671, A1821 2017
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st gen) A1584, A1652 2015
iPad Pro (11-inch, 3rd gen) A2377, A2301, A2459, A2460 2021
iPad Pro (11-inch, 2nd gen) A2228, A2068, A2230, A2231 2020
iPad Pro (11-inch) A1980, A2013, A1934, A1979 2018
iPad Pro (10.5-inch) A1701, A1709, A1852 2017
iPad Pro (9.7-inch) A1673, A1674, A1675 2016
iPad Air (4th gen) A2316, A2324, A2072, A2325 2020
iPad Air (3rd gen) A2152, A2123, A2153, A2154 2019
iPad Air 2 A1566, A1567 2014
iPad Air A1474, A1475, A1476 2013-14
iPad mini (5th gen) A2133, A2124, A2126, A2125 2019
iPad mini 4 A1538, A1550 2015
iPad mini 3 A1599, A1600 2014
iPad mini 2 A1489, A1490, A1491 2013-14
iPad mini A1432, A1454, A1455 2012

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