How to identify the model of iPad?

Through this tutorial, discover how to identify the iPad you own

To use certain applications, it is necessary to know which iPad you own because they might be incompatible with your model. It’s the same for installing iOS updates.

If you’re thinking of selling your tablet, it’s important to know what version you have, and its technical features.

There are 4 categories of iPad, divided into 2 to 4 models, thanks to this tutorial you will know which family your Apple device belongs to.

Identify your iPad with its model and reference number

Apple has not indicated on the back of each iPad their name and version, it would be too easy.

If you return your iPad, you will see, on the contrary, the model number preceded by the letter A.

Ours is numbered A1475.

Another number assigned to your tablet is in General → Information → Template. He preceded by the letter M.

It serves as a product reference, an identifier for Apple. With these two numbers, you’ll know which version of your iPad.

 

In the list below, we have listed all model numbers.

The first refers to iPads with Wi-Fi, the second indicates those with a connection via Wi-Fi and cellular data.

We have a 1st generation iPad Air with Wi-Fi + data because its number is A1475.

IPad models Model Numbers  information
iPad iPad A1219 (WiFi), A1337  April 2010, 30-pin port 
iPad 2 A1395 (WiFi), A1397 March 2011, 30-pin port
iPad (3rd generation) A1416 (WiFi), A1403 March 2012, 30-pin port, Retina display
iPad (4th generation) A1458 (WiFi), A1460 November 2012, Port Lightning, Retina screen
iPad (5th generation) A1822 (WiFi), A1823 March 2017, Lightning port, Retina display
Air iPad Air A1474 (WiFi), A1475 November 2013, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), A1567 October 2014, Lightning port, Retina display 
iPad Air 2019 A2152 (WiFi), A2123, A2153 March 2019, wearing Lightning, Retina display 
mini iPad Mini A1432 (WiFi), A1455 October 2012, Lightning port
iPad Mini 2 A1489 (WiFi), A1490 November 2013, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Mini 3 A1599 (WiFi), A1600 October 2014, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Mini 4 A1538 (WiFi), A1550 September 2015, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Mini (2019) A2133 (WiFi), A2124, A2126 March 2019, wearing Lightning, Retina display
Pro iPad Pro (12.9 inches) A1584 (WiFi), A1652 September 2015, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Pro (9.7 inches) A1673 and A1674 (Wi-Fi), A1675 March 2016, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Pro (10.5 inches) A1701 (WiFi), A1709 June 2017, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Pro 2nd generation (12.9 inches) A1670 (WiFi), A1671 June 2017, Lightning port, Retina display
iPad Pro (11 inches) 2018 A1980 (WiFi), A2013, A1934 October 2018, USB Type-C
iPad Pro (12.9 inches) 2018 A1876 (WiFi), A2014, A1895 October 2018, USB Type-C

The home button

The most obvious element that differentiates iPad models is the presence or absence of a home button below the screen.

The iPad Pro 2018 models do not have one, but they offer almost any screen design.

If your iPad has one, then that means it’s out in 2017 or before.

USB Type-C, Lightning Connector and 30 Pin

To identify your iPad, you can also refer to their connector, Lightning or 30-pin. The latter only concerns the iPad 3 and 4th generation.

With the photo below, find out what a Type-C USB port looks like, which only the iPad Pro 2018 has.

The Lightning port is smaller than the 30-pin port.

The speakers

It is easy to distinguish an iPad Pro from others because it is equipped with 4 speakers, located at the top and bottom.

The other models have only 2 speakers, placed to the right and left of the connectors.

Retina Screen

The iPad equipped with a Retina display offers much better resolution than other (1st, 2nd, and 3rd  generation).

And, from late 2012 (iPad 4), this type of screen has become the norm for all.

3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection

IPads are also distinguished by their connectivity. Some only have Wi-Fi, others combine Wi-Fi and data (via a micro-SIM card).

These were developed from the 3rd generation, early 2012.

Storage Space

The last item that will help you identify your iPad is its storage capacity (32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB).