Update 4/26/19: The latest iPad model numbers are included, as well as some additional China-Only numbers.
You may think you know which iPad you have. The new. The big. the bigger. The one in pink gold one. Mini. But when you need to know exactly what model you have, or even better, which generation, it may be a little more difficult.
You don't have to be an Apple Store Genius to figure it out, but you need to know where to look … and what to look for. With so many lines over the years, iPads are almost as easy to understand as iPhones, so even if you know the size, we can help you tell if it's iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or iPad Pro.
This article is strictly about model numbers. For specifications, purchase advice and all details of current models, make sure you check out Macworld's comprehensive iPad purchase 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 one is on the device itself. If you browse your iPad you will see a lot of small writings under the word "iPad".
That the end of the top row you find the world "Model" in lowercase followed by an "A" and a four-digit string of numbers. These numbers are what tells the screen size and generation of the iPad you have, as well as whether it is mobile-equipped. There is also a serial number printed under the model number, but you are unlikely to ever need it.
For example, the latest iPad Air A2152 is for the Wi-Fi model, A2123 for the GSM LTE version and the A2153 for the Verizon friendly CDMA one. Here is a chart to help you understand what it means:
If your number is not listed above, it may be a pair reason. Some mobile phones with fourth generation iPads and first generation iPad minis have a "MM" version that indicates CDMA compatibility, but you will only see that designation of the specifications. Or you can have a China Mobile specific model. Especially third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro (A1983), 11-inch iPad Pro (A1979), second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro (A1821), 10.5-inch iPad Pro (A1852), third-generation iiPad Air A2154) and fifth generation iPad mini (A2125). In addition, some iPad Air (A1476) and iPad mini 2 (A1491) models from 2014 may have numbers representing TD-LTE designations.
In any case, the chart at the top represents iPads in circulation.
The second model number (which is an internal SKU number) can be found in Settings. If you press General and then If you will see a tab Model showing a completely different number than the one on the back of the unit. This is a much more specific identifier that provides capacity and country information, as well as the type of iPad.
If you sell or buy an iPad internationally on eBay, the internal SKU is an important number. Otherwise, the figure on the back will tell you everything you need to know.
This article was originally published on September 27, 2013.
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