Update dated April 26, 1919: The latest iPad model numbers and some additional China-only numbers are included.
Maybe you think you know which iPad you use. The New The Great. the larger ones in rose gold. The Mini However, if you need to know exactly what model you have, or better still, what generation, it can get a little more complicated.
You do not have to be an Apple Store genius to figure it out even though you need to know where to look … and what to look for. With so many lines over the years, iPads are nowhere near as easy to distinguish as iPhones. Even if you know the size, we can help you figure out if it's an iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Pro.
This article deals exclusively with model numbers. For more information, buying advice and all the details on current models, see Macworld's comprehensive iPad buying guide.
How to Find Your iPad Model Number
In addition to the marketing names we all know so well, all iPads have a model number. Two of them actually. The first is on the device itself. When you turn your iPad over, the word "iPad" displays a series of tiny fonts. There you will find the important model number.
At At the top of the top row you will find the world "model" in tiny letters, followed by an "A" and a four-digit sequence. These numbers tell you the screen size and generation of your iPad and whether it's equipped with a mobile phone. Below the model number is also a serial number printed, which you will probably never need.
The latest iPad Air, for example, A2152 for the Wi-Fi model, A2123 for the GSM LTE version and A2153 for the Verizon-friendly CDMA. Here is a diagram that will help you understand what it means:
If your number is not listed above, this may be Be the case Be a few reasons. Some fourth generation iPads and first generation iPad minis feature a "MM" version, which indicates CDMA compatibility. However, the name is only given in the technical data sheets. Or you have a special model for China Mobile. Specifically, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (A1983) third-generation, 11-inch iPad Pro (A1979), the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro (A1821), the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (A1852), the third generation iiPad Air (A2154) and the fifth generation iPad mini (A2125). In addition, some 2014 models of the iPad Air (A1476) and iPad Mini 2 (A1491) have numbers that represent TD-LTE designations.
In any case, the above table represents most iPads in circulation.
The second model number (which is actually an internal part number) is in the Preferences. When you tap General and then About a tab Model appears that lists a completely different number than the one on the back of the device. This is a much more specific identifier that contains information about capacity and country as well as the type of iPad.
If you buy or sell an iPad internationally on eBay, this internal SKU is an important number. Otherwise, the number on the back tells you everything you need to know.
This article was originally published on September 27, 2013.
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