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MacBook's serial number lookup database

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You can find a few websites which provide serial number decoding: some are free, some are not.

I wanted to get a list of the serial numbers and build a correspondence table where you could easily identify model and family (it looks like it is coded into last 4 digits).

I will use this data to help my customers identify their macs on my website, and I am willing to share it with anyone on request.

My current method is this:

I receive about 50 macs for repair monthly and store all serials in the table (currently it's a few hundred long). Then I look them up on one of the available databases and search for the similarities.

I came up with a few correspondences already: any serial which ends with DRVC is a mid-12 MacBook Air 13".

I am looking for any relevant input on the matter (serial number arrays or any ready-made solutions are mostly welcome :) )

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This has really already been done by both EveryMac and PowerBook Medic. EveryMac abandoned just using the last four figures as to inaccurate. See the discussion here, included is a response from Kyle Brock the creator of EveryMac.

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They didn't actually abandoned it. There's no other way to get model-modification data but in those last four digits. You can check by yourself, the test is simple: take two serials which accord to different modifications (but belongs to the same serial number generation, i.e. both are from 2010 or before 2010), exchange the last four bits between them and voila, you will have results where the modification data will be exchanged accordingly.

This has been done not twice, but at least 10 times, but you can't get the actual data anywhere.

Here I am asking for a contribution/advice for my table which I am willing to share with others!


Rodion, please click on my icon,to get my email and send me why you are talking about.


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