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What version of iPad by Model Number

Updated on December 16, 2012

Or is it iPad 3rd Generation?

Since March 2012, Apple has introduced a newer iPad than the original iPad or iPad2. They call it "The New iPad" or "iPad 3rd Generation". But some people colloquially call them iPad 3.

However, the box is very non-descript. It all just say "iPad". Is your iPad is the original iPad version, or is it the iPad2 version that just came out March 2011? Or is it the latest iPad 3rd Generation".

And if you are buying an used iPad from someone, you might have good reason to wonder. It is also good to check in case a seller sells you a wrong one by accident. Or perhaps you got it off eBay or Amazon and want to just confirm.

The best way to determine which version of iPad you have is to look at the model number on the back of the product and compare it with the model numbers listed on

Model Numbers of iPad 3rd Generation

iPad 3rd Generation with Wi-Fi and Cellular for Verizon: iPad Model Number A1403.

iPad 3rd Generation with Wi-Fi and Cellular for AT&T: iPad Model Number A1430.

iPad 3rd Generation with Wi-Fi only: iPad Model Number A1416

The box says iPad, but is the real iPad2
The box says iPad, but is the real iPad2

iPad 2 Model Number

The iPad2 comes in three models depending on the connectivity it is capable of. And these are their respective model numbers:

  • WiFi (model A1395)
  • Wi-Fi/GSM/A-GPS (model A1396)
  • WiFi/CDMA/A-GPS (model A1397)

So if the back of your iPad shows model number A1395, A1396, A1397, then you've got an iPad2.

Model Numbers of Original iPad

But if the model number on the back of your iPad shows A1219 or A1337, then you have the original iPad -- iPad1 (although no one calls it iPad1, they just call it "original iPad" to distinguish it from iPad2).

The A1219 refers to the original iPad with only WiFi capabilities. The A1337 model refers to Wi-Fi/3G/A-GPS capable version of the original iPad.

Model Number inside the iPad

A second way to tell whether you have an original iPad or an iPad2 is to tap "Settings" on the Home screen. Then tap "General", then tap and "About", and then tap "regulatory". There you should see the model numbers mentioned.

If you just go to "General" and "About", you will see a "Model" with numbers that look a bit different that starts with the letter M. Don't look at that. That is actually the order number.

iPad Memory Versions

For each model of the iPad and iPad2 and iPad 3rd generation, you can have different amount of standard RAM memory: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. This is the amount of memory you have to store all your photos, videos, data, etc. It is stored in RAM memory. There is no hard drive. The iPad is too thin for it.

You can see how much memory your iPad has by looking at the back of the product.

The original iPad has no cameras. iPad 2 and iPad 3rd generation both has front and back cameras.

iPad color versions

For each model, you can also either have black or white. You can tell which you have by looking at the color of the product on the front of the product.

The back of the product itself, however, will not actually have the words "black" or "white". But the box it comes in will have a sticker with the words "black" or "white" labelled. This is so that store staff can pick the right color product off the shelf for you.

You can also see the memory and model number on the back of the box itself. But if the product is opened stock (meaning there is no shrink-wrap around the box), then you better rely on looking at the back of the product itself.

Even if the box is wrapped in shrink-wrap, it is more reliable to look at the back of the product. Afterall, anyone can put an original iPad in an iPad2 box and shrink wrap it. Shrink-wrapping machines are common.

What Else Does the Back of an iPad2 Say?

On the back of the iPad2, you should see ...

"Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China"

Plus a serial number and a few other bits of spec.


Article was last updated July 2012 and is opinion at time of writing. Author may receive compensations from the display ads and links on the page.


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    • BlissfulWriter profile image

      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      That is a good tip.

    • zeria profile image

      zeria 5 years ago

      If you browse to it should give you a good idea of your iPad version along with some other details like iOS version and display resolution.