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How to know Your iPad model

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It is common for iPad owners to be unaware of the specific models they have. Sometimes it is not as easy to look back on your tablet because you want to know whether it is an iPad Air, Pro or Mini.

It is often complex in physical stores where you can buy an iPad, which sometimes involves only the normal “iPad”, without specifying which model is there. Luckily here we are here to help you!

The compatibility of some apps with your device, as well as which iPad can be useful to know the latest version of the operating system. If you are thinking of selling your iPad or buying it on the other hand, it can be very useful.

Here we show you three simple tricks to discover your iPad model. Keep in mind that since its first release in April 2010, Apple has created 18 total models.

Step 1. Locate the model number on the back

Apple does not include generation and model names on the back of iPads: it will make it very easy for us. Now, this will not cost you anything to find the model number: the code that follows the “model” tag and that happens before “A”.

Due to this final feature, the model number is sometimes referred to as “A” number. It can also be found in the ‘Settings’ of your iPad, as we tell in the next section.

Once you have located the “A” number for your tablet, you can now go to the table below.

ModelNumber “A”
WifiWi-Fi + Cellullar
iPadA1219A1337
iPad 2A1395A1397A1396
iPad (3rd generation)A1416A1430A1403
iPad miniA1432A1454A1455
iPad (4ª generación)A1458A1459A1460
iPad AirA1474A1475
iPad mini 2A1489A1490
iPad Air 2A1566A1567
iPad mini 3A1599A1600
iPad mini 4A1538A1550
iPad Pro 12.9 “(1st generation)A1584A1652
iPad Pro 9.7 “(1st generation)A1673A1674A1675
iPad (2017)A1822A1823
iPad Pro 12.9 “(2nd generation)A1670A1671
iPad Pro 10.5 “(2nd generation)A1701A1709
iPad (2018)A1893A1954
iPad Pro 11 “(3rd generation)A1980A2013A1934
iPad Pro 12.9 “(3rd generation)A1876A2014A1895

step. Check the SKU number in the ‘Settings’

Alternatively, you can locate the SKU number along with many other information in the ‘Settings’ of your iPad, following the same process as if it was an iPhone. Here we tell the steps one by one.

Is 1. Open your iPad’s ‘Settings’ and slide the menu with the left hand till you find the ‘General‘ section. Select it

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2 . Now, on the right, click on the option ‘ Information ‘.

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4 . Finally, you can also know the “A” number by tapping on the SKU number. You will see that the code changes and that you will see a combination that begins with the letter “A“.

Step 3. Take a look at the design and size of the iPad

Thirdly, you can also separate an iPad from the other by looking at the specifics of its design. One model will have a larger monitor than the other, the different types of ports or screen quality will also be different.

Do you have a start button?

One of the most obvious features to separate the latest model with previous generations is to see if your iPad has a Start button at the bottom of the screen. If so, it confirms that it is one of the iPad Pro 2018. All of the above have a start button.

USB Type-C, Lightning or 30-pin connector?

To know almost what kind of model it is, you should see the type of connector charging the battery. In this sense, there are three possibilities: either this new USB Type-C, Lightning connector or the oldest 30-pin.

This trick will work to isolate the new iPad, which is with USB C, and is specifically the third and fourth generation, because with the exception, they are practically identical. 30-pin is slightly wider than electricity.

Lightning port was introduced in September 2012, so if your iPad was previously manufactured and it has 30 pins, it means that it can be only one of the first three models.

How many speakers does it have?

There is a fast way to know if your iPad is one of the Pro Range or not, you are checking the number of speakers, because these models have a total of four, while the rest has only one pair.

The iPad, Mini iPad and iPad Air have two speakers on both sides of the 30-pin or lightning connector. On the contrary, they have two speakers in iPad Pro, as well as two extras on the top of the device.

Do you have a Retina display?

To check if your iPad has a retina screen, you should see its resolution. Those who are involved will have a better image quality than those who do not do so logically.

It is true that this feature is difficult to know if you do not have another iPad with which to compare you. However, you should know that Retina Display is present on all Apple iPad tablets of the third generation.

3G, 4G connectivity or only wifi?

Some iPad only work with Wi-Fi, while others provide the possibility of using mobile data as long as you have a SIM card. Whether or not you have a slot for this type of card on your iPad, it is as easy as checking what is your case.

On the other hand, separating the iPad with 3G connectivity with people with 4G connectivity is a bit more difficult. 4G mobile telephony came in the iPad from the fourth generation in 2012, although in the United States it had already done it with the previous generation.

How much storage capacity does it have?

Knowing how easy it is to go to the ‘settings’ of your device in your iPad and it is as easy as finding the total number of gigs in the ‘Information’ section of the ‘General’ section.

Most iPads have a capacity of 32, 64 or 128GB. This information will give you some hints to know that you have a particular tablet model, although the possibilities are so high that viewing model numbers is still more accurate.

The only case in which you will no doubt have what model you have, if its capacity is 1 TB, because it can only be one of the 2018 models of the iPad Pro generation. Measure the screen to know whether 11 or 12.9 inches.

With what description is it closer?

Below, we show you a summary table in which you will find more information about the physical characteristics of each iPad model.

Modelinformation
iPad· Medium-sized screen (9.7 inches)
· 30-pin port on the bottom
· No camera
· Only available in silver with black front
· Introduced in April 2010
iPad 2· Medium-sized screen (9.7 inches)
· 30-pin port on the bottom
· Available in silver with black or white front
· Introduced in April 2011
iPad (3rd generation)· Medium-sized screen (9.7 inches)
· 30-pin port on the bottom
· Available in black or white
· Introduced in March 2012
iPad mini· Smaller screen (7.9 inches)
· Lightning port on the bottom
· Available in black and white
· Introduced in October 2012
iPad (4th generation)· Medium size screen (9.7 inches)
· Lightning port on the bottom
· Retina display
· Available in black or white
· Introduced in November 2012
iPad Air· Medium size screen (9.7 inches)
· Lightning port on the bottom side
· Retina display
· Available in black or white
· Introduced in November 2013
iPad mini 2· Smaller screen (7.9 inches)
· Lightning port on the bottom
· Retina display
· Available in black and white
· Introduced in November 2013
iPad Air 2· Medium size screen (9.7 inches)
· Lightning port on the bottom
· Retina display
· Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the start button
· Available in silver, gold and space gray with black front
· Introduced in October 2014
iPad mini 3· Pantalla más pequeña (7,9 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Sensor de huella dactilar Touch ID en el botón de inicio
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial con parte frontal negra
· Introducido en octubre de 2014
iPad mini 4· Pantalla más pequeña (7,9 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Sensor de huella dactilar Touch ID en el botón de inicio
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial con parte frontal negra
· Introducido en septiembre de 2015
iPad Pro 12,9”
(1ª generación)
· Pantalla grande (12,9 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Conector inteligente para el Smart Keyboard en el lateral izquierdo
· Cuatro altavoces
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial con parte frontal negra
· Introducido en septiembre de 2015
iPad Pro 9,7”
(1ª generación)
· Pantalla de tamaño medio (9,7 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Conector inteligente para el Smart Keyboard en el lateral izquierdo
· Cuatro altavoces
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial con parte frontal negra, y en color oro rosa con parte frontal rosa
· Introducido en marzo de 2016
iPad (2017)· Pantalla de tamaño medio (9,7 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial
· Introducido en marzo de 2017
iPad Pro 12,9” (2ª generación)· Pantalla de tamaño medio (9,7 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Conector inteligente para el Smart Keyboard en el lateral izquierdo
· Cuatro altavoces
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial con parte frontal negra, y en color oro rosa con parte frontal rosa
· Introducido en junio de 2017
iPad Pro 10,5” (2ª generación)· Pantalla de tamaño medio (10,5 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Conector inteligente para el Smart Keyboard en el lateral izquierdo
· Cuatro altavoces
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial con parte frontal negra, y en color oro rosa con parte frontal rosa
· Introducido en junio de 2017
iPad (2018)· Pantalla de tamaño medio (9,7 pulgadas)
· Puerto Lightning en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Disponible en color plata, oro y gris espacial
· Introducido en marzo de 2018
iPad Pro 11” (3ª generación)· Pantalla de tamaño medio (11 pulgadas)
· Puerto USB Tipo-C en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Conector inteligente para el Smart Keyboard
· Cuatro altavoces
· Disponible en color plata y gris espacial
· Introducido en octubre de 2018
iPad Pro 12,9” (3ª generación)· Pantalla grande (12,9 pulgadas)
· Puerto USB Tipo-C en la parte inferior
· Pantalla Retina
· Conector inteligente para el Smart Keyboard
· Cuatro altavoces
· Disponible en color plata y gris espacial
· Introducido en octubre de 2018



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