By: Phil Davis. Published April 2013; Updated December 2016
You just bought your shiny new Mac and you are anxious to get started using it. However, you might want to take a few minutes to understand (and document) what you have before downloading all those apps.
Here are three easy ways to learn about your Mac.
Use About My Computer
The easiest way to see what is inside that fancy box is to click the Apple icon in the upper left corner and select About This Mac. You will see the version of OS X installed on your computer, the processor type and speed, the amount of memory, and the name of the start-up disk.
If you click Displays, Storage, or Memory at the top of the small window you will get even more useful information. The storage window is one of the most useful as you can see how much space is left on your startup drive.
If you click back to the Overview page and select System Report you will get all the gory details of all your hardware and software.
Get a Manual and a Specification Sheet for Your Computer
If you click on Support you can download a PDF copy of your computer’s manual (1) and spec sheet (2). Your serial number will be used to get the correct information.
This is also a quick way to get hardware and software information from Apple.
Your final source of information is to download a free app called MacTracker. Go here and grab this little gem http://mactracker.ca/.
Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported OS versions, and expansion options. There is also information about Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, speakers, cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi products, Newton, iOS, Mac OS, and OS X versions.
Now, you will be able to start downloading those apps, learn how to master your machine and start on the road to becoming a Mac wizard.