HowTo: Check Your Mac’s Model Identifier ( Version )


There may come a time when you need to check your Mac’s version to make sure that your Mac has compatible hardware with certain applications and games, for instance the new release of Angry Birds on the Mac App Store requires OpenGL 2.0 which is not supported on GMA 950 graphics adapters which are used in certain Mac’s. Currently the unsupported Mac’s are as follow:

  • MacBook 1,1
  • MacBook 2,1
  • Mac Mini 1,1
  • Mac Mini 2,1
  • iMac MA710xx/A

In my honest opinion Rovio Mobile failed in a big way on their part by not doing enough testing and ensuring that Angry Birds would run on all devices. Even if they couldn’t get it to run on older Mac’s they should have added specific system requirements.

To check the version of your Mac just follow the quick tutorial below or scroll down for more detailed screen Shots:

  1. Click on the Apple in the upper left part of the screen
  2. Click on About This Mac
  3. Click on More Info…
  4. Under Hardware Overview look for the Model Identifier

Screen Shots:

Let me know if anyone needs any help figuring this out.

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2 Responses to “HowTo: Check Your Mac’s Model Identifier ( Version )”
  1. Anil says:

    This begs the question, why couldn’t the “Mac App Store” which is installed with a system update no less, also perform checks on the OS and notify the user automatically about which apps can and can’t be installed on your system based on what your hardware platform is? Or better yet, give the user the option to auto hide applications that do not meet minimums system requirements. That would be brilliant! Hey Apple? Ya listening?

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  2. Chris says:


    That sounds like a feasible solution, however I think that it will still make it difficult for the developer because they would have to know the minimum system requirements of their app, as with Angry Birds, the developers seemed to have been unaware that their app would not run on older Mac’s so even if the Mac App Store had this check in place the developer would still need to list what the requirements are.

    I think that maybe if there was a way to add tested and working models into the info.plist file and then have Apple check that info.plist file and check the model of Mac you are using and then only show the apps that specify that the app has been tested and working for the model of Mac they are using, that might work.

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