iPads are cool devices that can have a surprising amount of utility.
From writing blog posts to doing classwork to drawing, iPads can probably do a little bit more than you give them credit for.
Which iPad Do I Have?
Looking at the back of the iPad is the easiest way to tell which model an iPad is. this is where its model number should be written. Each model has at least two model numbers, one for the base version and one for the cell-enabled version. Model numbers sometimes vary by region.
But how do you use that product number to figure out what kind of iPad you have? We’ll provide you with a list of iPads with their product codes, of course!
But What if the Back of Your iPad is Inaccessible?
But before that, let’s talk about what to do if you can’t get to the back of your iPad.
If you go into settings, tap “About”, and then look at the top of that page, there should be a section labeled “model number.”
iPad model numbers always look something like A1584, starting with an A and continuing for a couple of numbers after that.
Occasionally, however, the model number section will have the part number instead of the model number.
These can be easily told apart as the part number will have a slash somewhere in it while the model number shouldn’t ever contain any special symbols.
If you see the part number instead of the model number, then tap on the part number and that should cause the part number to be displayed.
You also might be able to tell which model you have easily just by looking at your iPad and knowing some basic facts about early iPad models if your iPad is old enough.
This is less effective with newer iPads, as the new models have become more standardized in recent years.
Let’s go through each of Apple’s different iPads and talk about stand-out models that you might be able to tell apart without the product number.
The original iPad is the easiest one to tell apart from the crowd because it’s just so old.
Its model numbers are A1219 for the standard model and A1337 for the 3G model.
The thing that makes the iPad easy to identify is that it is the only model of iPad to not have any kind of camera, front or back.
It also only came in one color, so if your iPad is any color other than silver then it definitely isn’t a 1st gen iPad and you can rule this model out for certain.
We probably won’t mention colors again unless a model has a particularly remarkable color.
The model number for the Gen 2 iPad will either be A1395, A1396, or A1397.
There isn’t anything visually that sets this model apart from the 3rd or 4rth generation of iPads, but all of them are visually distinct from future iPad generations due to their thick frames and clear black and white colors.
This is also a shift from the silver color of the Gen 1 iPad.
From here on, if a model doesn’t have any defining features we will simply list its model numbers.
A1416, A1430, A1403.
A1458, A1459, A1460,
Gen 5 changed up a lot about the iPads visual makeup.
It narrowed the size of the frame, changed the shape of the back camera, and introduced colors other the black and white back into the sales lineup.
This includes a rather unique sandy gold color that to our knowledge hasn’t been used on any classic iPads since.
A2270, A2428, A2429, A2430
A2602, A2604, A2603, A2605
Each iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch screen, meaning that if you have an iPad Mini it should be easy to tell based on the size of the screen.
A1432, A1454, A1455
A1489, A1490, A1491
A2133, A2124, A2126, A2125
This iPad is the only iPad mini to come with a small camera and a rose gold shell.
If your iPad Mini has this particular configuration, then it is a Gen 5 iPad Mini.
A2567, A2568, A2569
The Gen 6 Minis did a major visual design overhaul, adding a larger back camera and shifting many of the buttons to the top of the device from the side.
It’s also the only iPad to come in purple and the only iPad Mini to lack a home button entirely.
The iPad Air is essentially a hybrid between an iPad and an iPad Pro.
Like the iPad Pro, the iPad Air has a borderless screen.
Unlike the IPad Pro, the IPad Air only comes in with a 9.74-inch screen.
Recent Air models also lack the IPad Pro’s fancy new camera.
A1474, A1475, A1476
A2152, A2123, A2153, A2154
A2316, A2324, A2325, A2072,
The Air got the same camera upgrade as the mini did in its most recent iteration, along with the removal of the home button and two unique colors in green and blue.
iPad Pros all come in a couple of different size variants, but they aren’t consistent across the product’s run so we’ll go through them one at a time.
For some models, this is a useful identification tool, especially if you already know that the iPad you have is an iPad Pro.
A1673, A1674, (9.7-inch) A1701, A1709, A1852, (10.5-inch) A1584, A1652 (12.9-inch)
Apple seems to have faded out the 10.5 inches iPad Pro after its first outing, so if you measure the long side of your iPad and it’s 10.5 inches long it’s definitely a 1st Gen iPad Pro.
A1670, A1671, A1821 (12.9 Inch)
iPad Pro 11-inch
A1980, A2013, A1934, A1979
The iPad Pro 11-inch is a distinct product from the 2nd Gen iPad Pro 12.9 inch in its entirety, with its home button removed entirely and a larger camera.
This is the only iPad Pro 11-inch model to feature the old single camera.
A1876, A2014, A1895, A1983
This is the only iPad Pro 12.9 inch to lack the home button and has a single camera.
iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Generation
A2228, A2068, A2230, A2231
A2229, A2069, A2232, A2233
iPad Pro 11-inch 3rd Generation
A2377, A2459, A2301, A2460
A2378, A2461, A2379, A2462