The Mac might be simple on the outside, but inside there’s a complex array of hardware and software components working together. Apple, though, makes it incredibly simple to understand your computer.
Just as macOS couldn’t be any easier to navigate, you’re also able to dive into the nitty-gritty of a Mac and discover its specifications.
Why would you want to know the internals? Frankly, everyone should be aware of the basics. It goes a long way in the event you ask Apple Support or even Reddit for some help. Just remember what Mac model you have, its software version, and the processor.
Let’s see what’s happening under the hood.
How to check your Mac’s specifications
From anywhere on your Mac, click the Apple icon in the menu bar
Select ‘About This Mac’ in the drop-down menu
Take a glance at the overview, and use the tabs at the top of the window for snippets on important areas of the computer
Each tab will focus on a different area — Displays, Storage, Memory, Support, Service
If you’d like more information on all specifications, select ‘System report…’
Along the left side, you’ll see tabs for Hardware, Network, and Software
These tabs break down into a number of subcategories
Select the tab and subcategory of interest to see its details in the main area; pretty much every component inside your Mac is mentioned
We weren’t kidding in saying your Mac’s specifications are easy to understand. The System Report doesn’t hide anything on these laptops and desktops.
Apple offers up information on graphics, storage, ports, Wi-Fi, and more. In total, there are four dozen subcategories to explore. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, it probably doesn’t exist. Everything within that aluminum frame is laid out in one spot and Apple certainly didn’t go light on details.