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The system_profiler command is perhaps the best tool for the job (assuming you are on 10.3 or newer), but you can also use ioreg for the task. system_profiler SPHardwareDataType is the data type that contains the core hardware information, and you can use grep or awk to pare things down further as needed: system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | awk '/Serial/ ...


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A lack of a visible serial number should not affect your Mac. Apple does not guarantee a serial number will be set. Technical Note 1103 warns developers not to rely on a serial number being available to uniquely identify a Mac. The technical note suggests the serial number can vanish if hardware components are changed. Other reasons appear to be possible ...


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The serial number will allow you to view the model and technical specifications of the phone. Using this information, you can 1) find the original iOS the phone ran, and 2) find out the iOS(s) with which the device is compatible with. However, you can't remotely find the current iOS version or specific update to that version based on the serial number ...


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I have an OS X client VM within VMware Fusion. It does have a serial number (starting with VMW...). This is different to the host Mac. VMware Fusion seems to generate the serial automatically, but it is not obviously stored in the vm's configuration files. Also not mentioned in the vm logs. My guess is that it is 'burnt' into the .nvram file when the ...


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Few ways found after searching - 1. Mac Tracker 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. Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, speakers, ...


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TUAW has an article on this problem, the author had his logic board replaced and apple did not reset the serial number. In essence he did software trouble shooting, reinstalled the os.... at some point he realized he did not have his serial number. As per a comment Apple or an authorize service providers have software that is able to reapply serial numbers ...


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To my knowledge, each and every time your Mac will send a serial number to Apple, you are prompted to explain this and why it will be sent as well as whatever information is needed. You can see this in action from the System Information app: When you click the "Check my service..." item you will see this alert: Similar notifications are presented when ...


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How to get serial numbers for displays: Go to /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver.plist. Open this with TextWrangler or a similar utility. Look for a DisplaySerialNumber key with an integer value that isn't 0. With any luck, this should be the s/n of your display. If you haven't used this display for a while, the records of it may be gone. Also, it ...


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The iPhone 3GS model number is A1303, so I'm guessing that if you're looking at your serial number, it's somewhere with the model number appended to the beginning. To see just your serial number, go to Settings > General > About. Once you have your serial number, the 3rd character will be production year, the 4th and 5th characters will make up the ...


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This also works… ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber


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Go to  > About this computer > System Report... > And there you will find Hardware UUID


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The Mac equivalent of a UDID is a Serial Number. It can be found by click "About This Mac" in the  menu, and clicking twice on the version number.


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I've found how you do it. With Xcode installed, open your terminal and run: open ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPod.plist This will open the property list editor. Navigate down to Root -> Devices and look under each device to recognise the one you're looking for. There are 2 identifying factors: DeviceClass (which can be iPod, iPhone or iPad) and ...


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As far as I know, an iPhone is linked to an Apple ID until it is released by the owner or by Apple techs (like when your phone is traded for a new one, rather than being repaired and returned to you). This is intended to prevent theft; you can't just take someone's phone because they have to release it from their Apple ID first. If they don't, the phone ...


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The serial number is read directly from the machine's logic board, so it won't by default be located in any file on the computer. Did you purchase this computer from an Apple Retail Store? They keep receipts going back many many years in their retail systems and will happily pull a receipt for you if you can prove identity. Likewise, if you registered the ...


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I found one way. I am an iOS developer, and I once used this iPad for development. Xcode has an Organizer window, which keeps tracks of the devices I used for development. The iPad appears on the list, and it also displays the serial number. This of course only works if you have developed with the device using Xcode. I wonder if there is a more standard ...


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The UUID is not the same as the serial number. When you use any Mac, some machine-specific preference files are created in your Library/Preferences/ByHost/ directory. The filenames are of the form com.apple.app.UUID.plist So, if you really want the UUID of a previously used machine, you can probably dig it up from some backups in that way. I don't know ...


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To get access to the serial # on the battery you would have to take the MBA apart? If you want to do that here are the instructions. It is easier to use the About This Mac.


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Most likely it will not generate a hardware serial number as there is no underlying hardware. And Macs don't require a hardware to even be programmed into the logic board (sometimes the Apple Geniuses forget to program them in when replacing your logic board, for instance). I'm at work, away from my Macs, but as a test I checked the hardware serial number ...


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The logic board should carry the serial number, so the logical and most likely conclusion would be software corruption or perhaps a failure of the logic board. Check in terminal to see if the system information is truly missing: system_profiler SPHardwareDataType Towards the end of this listing should be a serial number field. Based on this result, you ...


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Can you provide the part number? I think the standard English keyboard model is MD231LL/A (from the Apple US online store).


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The battery serial number is recorded in 4 places I have seen: Physically on the battery (and optionally on the box if you purchased the battery in a box as a separate item) In system profiler when the battery is installed in a running mac. I have asked at the genius bar from time to time for them to look and see if there are records from when the mac was ...


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You will want to drag the following to trash and then quit and re-launch the Mac App Store: /Library/Application Support/ProApps/Aperture System ID /Applications/Aperture.app If restarting the app store does not work, a reboot should clear any remnants of the older licensed Aperture product and let you install. Apple support is also very helpful if you ...


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Most of what you need (i.e. hardware, network information, software etc. thats similar to what Belarc Advisor returns) can be obtained using the built-in System Profiler application (/Applications/Utilities/System Profiler.app). You can then export the information to a file using File ➔ Save As.., then select either "Plain Text" or "Rich Text Format" from ...


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When you first go through the installation screens, the serial # can be paired with the Apple ID if you opt in to the registration and that information is presumably sent securely to Apple's servers for registration purposes. Serial numbers, or any other of your identification information do not appear in crash logs or diagnostic information transmitted to ...



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