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How you can determine if your Mac uses an Intel or Apple silicon



How you can determine if your Mac uses an Intel or Apple silicon


Starting with certain models introduced in late 2020, Apple began the transition from Intel processors into its own Mac desktop chips. That said, Intel-based Macs will be sold, supported, and maintained for years to come. Legacy Macs (thankfully) don’t have any Intel stickers and there is no way to distinguish them from external Apple silicon Macs. In this tutorial, we will show you how to identify Apple Silicon Macs.

Mac computers with Apple silicon

At this time, Apple offered the following Macs with the M1 chip:

Follow our tutorial, embedded in front, for step-by-step instructions on how to identify Apple and Intel silicon Mac computer models.

How to identify Macs with the Intel or Apple chip

You can identify whether your Mac computer is powered by an Intel or Apple Silicon processor by using the About This Mac feature available from the Apple menu.

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select the “About This Mac” option.
  2. In the About This Mac window, look for an item labeled “Processor” or “Chip.”

Please note that you will need MacOS Big Sur to identify Mac M1 models.

This particular Mac laptop undoubtedly runs on Apple silicon

And here’s how to interpret the results:

According to Apple, “A Mac with an Intel processor is also known as an Intel-based Mac.”