Mac mini - made in 2000, sold as new in 2010???

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by andyUKr, May 3, 2010.

  1. andyUKr macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2010
    just got my brand new mac mini from apple

    BUT the serial number tells me that it was made in 2000?

    Also the first letter is H.


    Does that make sense to you guys? or am I missing something?
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    You're definitely missing something. The Mac Mini didn't even exist until 2005.
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    sorry but i guess you got a bit mixed up, what you got in front of you is a cube if its build in 2000 ;)

    the cube first sold in 2000 looks like that [​IMG]

    the mini first sold 2005 looks like that [​IMG]
  4. andyUKr thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2010
    if you mean this as a joke then it is a good one.

    i have mac mini bought it 2 weeks ago. its serial number is H0014.... and so on. Using all sorts of websites, this serial implies year of manufacturing to be 2000.

    hence the whole reason for the post
  5. andyUKr thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2010
    yes but what is it? i know that no mac minis before 2005 so why does my serial say H00.

    do mac minis use a different system of serials?
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    What are the specs?

    Chances are the serialapp u using isnt workig well
  7. NintendoFan macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2006
    It is wrong. There were no minis in 2000. The mini was introduced in 2005.
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Apple recently changed the serial number format for several machines. Maybe the mini is now included as well.
  9. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    Ah the Cube! In the top three Apple designs ever along with the Powermac G4, and the iMac g4. With the Powermac G5 and Mac Pro a close 4th.
  10. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    True and now they could load that thing and it could be a speed demon.....if Apple wanted to but of coarse cant do that cause of this that and the other:rolleyes:I wonder if Apple will ever make another desktop with this much cool factor?
  11. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    you get a quiet nice casemod for the mini that gives at least a bit of the look of the g4 cube , while not exactly , still a nice mod and cheap too :)
    and the mini runs cooler in it too
  12. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    I don't know where the H0 manufacturing location is, but 014 tells me it was built in week 14 of 2010.
  13. oymd macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
    My iMac purchased last month is:


    Letters stand for FACTORY: (VM) in my case is Czech.
    Next Figure is YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 0 (ZERO) stand for 2010.
    Next TWO Figures are the WEEK OF PRODUCTION: 09 (Week 9)

    So, in your case:
    WEEK 01 of the YEAR 2010.

  14. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Don't worry. Its just the new serial number formats confuse these serial number sites into thinking its 20000. I had the same issue with 2 of my iPhone 3GS. My mom's new MBP 13 inch April 2010 2.4GHz is confusing the sites thinking its 2000.
  15. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    If you were genuinely worried about you're mini being made in 2000 don't be. They didn't exist in 2000.
  16. Minority_taxi macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2008
    2 things....

    Off topic with your question but aligned with the other posters, I LOVE the old Apple CUBE! I want it to come back, its awesome, im on eBay as I type looking for one!

    I also really like the iMac mod case posted here too, time to try and find one in Australia.

  17. MacTech68, May 5, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    Indeed the serial number is NOT the new format, since (according to the new info) the 4th character would have to be a letter.

    With Apple's old 11 character serial numbers, you'll always get this "anomaly" every ten year cycle since only one number designated the year. Hence a zero can designate 1990, 2000 or 2010. It's a simple matter of looking at the specs of the machine to determine which decade since the longest a model ever sold for was 2 years IIRC.

    Count the number of characters in the serial number. If it's 11, it's the old method. If it's 12, it's the new method. :)

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