Why about this mac Mac doesn't say Early Mid Late 20XX YEAR?

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  1. NewMacguyibook, Dec 3, 2018
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    NewMacguyibook macrumors newbie

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    Why would a mac not say the year it was made in when you click about this mac (Apple Logo) (About This Mac)?

    But I'm asking about a 2011 iMac 27"

    I'm buying this to upgrade non thunderbolt, but I'm leary because it don't say the year.
     

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  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Apple has always identified with the year of release. Hence say a Mac purchased in early 2015 could still have been a late 2013 release, and it stays that way to prevent confusion to used buyers. Same with motor vehicles. You could buy a new car early next month and it will always be a 2018 model, not 2019, in accordance with the manufacturer's compliance plate.
     
  3. EugW macrumors 603

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    Take a look at the OP's picture. The year isn't there.
     
  4. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    the serial number says it's a 27" imac 2011. Not sure if that deepens the mystery.

    https://checkcoverage.apple.com/ae/en/
     
  5. mreg376 macrumors 65816

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    I would think that Question No. 1 here is what is the identifying information in Hardware Overview of System Information?
     
  6. chabig macrumors 603

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    System Information will also identify the model.
     
  7. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    IMHO the pic has been doctored so be very leery about it.

    If the 3.4Ghz i7 is correct, it is a 2012 27" model. This is much better than the 2011 model as it has USB3.
     
  8. rjsounds macrumors member

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    I second that the image has likely been photoshopped to remove the year. Buyer beware. Assuming you're buying off a used goods site such as Craigslist, bring a friend and make sure to see it in person before committing to anything.
     
  9. chabig macrumors 603

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    Good catch. More than one thing Radeon HD 6970 was used in the 2027in iMac. But no 2011 iMac ever shipped with a 3.4GHz Core i7. The 2012 iMac maxed out its i7 offering at 3.1GHz, and Apple stopped using 1067MHz DDR3 memory in 2009. So it looks like someone either simply lied in the picture, or speed bumped a 2011 machine while replacing the factory RAM with lower spec'ed RAM.

    Don't buy it.
     
  10. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a

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    You might want to drop a line in the Hackintosh forum too. things like Clover EFI can alter what is shown in the "about this Mac" menu, and it may indicate you had third party work done to replace components.

    I wouldn't buy this either.
     
  11. trsblader, Dec 4, 2018
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    trsblader macrumors 6502

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    The name and even processor in about this mac can be updated in, if my memory is correct, 1 single file. You can name it anything you want to in that plist file. Serial number, while that too can be changed, is a little harder and less likely to have been fudged.

    I wouldn't buy it without inspecting in person, but just because the seller changed the name isn't a red flag. If everything looks good in person, and you're still interested in it, show them the cash and say if they reset it to factory default, you'll purchase.
     
  12. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    chabig the 2011 model had the i7 3.1. The 2012 i7 is 3.4GHz as quoted by the OP.

    As I said OP be very leery things are not quite right.
     
  13. Czo macrumors 6502

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    Mine is also a 27" Mid 2011 model, and it's come with a 3.4 GHz i7-2600 and with a Radeon HD6970M. I also had a 20" from the same model era, it's contains a 2.8 GHz i7-2600S CPU.
     
  14. mbosse, Dec 6, 2018
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    Sorry, the top of the line model for a 2011 27" iMac was indeed a 3.4 GHz i7:
    https://everymac.com/systems/apple/...inch-aluminum-mid-2011-thunderbolt-specs.html

    Also the GPU matches the model. The RAM could have simply been upgraded with slower chips.

    --- Post Merged, Dec 6, 2018 ---
    Nope, there was 27" 2011 iMac with a 3.4 GHz i7. See above.

    Its still strange that the screenshot does not show the year, though.

    Best,
    Magnus
     
  15. Czo macrumors 6502

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    Maybe the model identifier or logic board identifier is wrong. It will be "iMac12,2" and "Mac-942B59F58194171B", if it's not, i think that's the problem.
     

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