Whether you have an iPad or are just thinking about buying one, you may be interested in decoding the iPad serial number. It’s not as complicated as it might seem at first glance, but it can give you a lot of useful information about the iPad. In this article, we would explain where to find the iPad model and/or serial number and how to decode iPad serial and model numbers.
Let’s imagine you’re interested in questions like: ‘When was my iPad made?’, ‘What iPad model do I have?’ or even ‘What generation is my iPad?’. In this case, we have four different ways to get this info:
- Check your iPad model name. All iPad models have commercial names, like iPad (8th generation);
- Check your iPad part number. It looks like, for example, MYL92LL/A;
- Check your iPad model number. It looks like: A2270;
- Check your iPad serial number. It looks like: F9FDN4NKQ1GC;
All numbers are given just for example, but below I would explain how to use them to get information about when your iPad was made, what generation your iPad is and so on.
How To Identify iPad Model Name: What is my iPad model?
iPad model name and iPad model number information in iPadOS
If you’re just interested in how to find out iPad model, the simplest way for you is just to check out your iPad model name. To find your iPad model name you should do the following:
- Go to Settings;
- Tap on ‘General’ and then ‘About’;
- In the opened tab you would find your iPad Model Name, your iPad Model Number, and iPad Serial Number.
In case you were just interested in how to check the iPad model and when your iPad was manufactured, this info is enough. All you have to do is look at what year your iPad model was developed. For this purpose, you can use our article.
You can also tap on iPad model number in order to switch to A#### format, as this format is easier to identify.
How to identify iPad serial number and model number: What Generation is my iPad?
You can find the iPad serial number at the back of your iPad. In order to avoid fakes, Apple laser engraves the model and serial number on the back cover of each iPad. Depending on the year the iPad was made, the inscription may change slightly, but on the picture below you can see iPad serial number example.
How to check iPad model and iPad serial number using iPad Box
You can get all info about the iPad using its own box, all information is written there. On iPad Box you can find:
- iPad model name;
- Internal memory size;
- iPad model number;
- Part number;
- iPad serial number.
iPad model name and memory size is written directly on the Box, while other info is written on a sticker, which is then glued to the box.
What model iPad do I have?
Note: in this part of article we’re talking about iPad model number, if you’re interested in serial number, just scroll a little bit down.
You can find what iPad model do you have using the iPad Model Number. As written above, all you need to do is just to go to Settings -> General -> About and then tap on a Model number to transform it into A#### format.
We divided the whole table into sections in the following order: iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. So you can scroll down to the iPad model you’re looking for.
|iPad Model Number||iPad Model Name||Year|
|A1219 (Wi-Fi only)
A1337 (Wi-Fi + 3G)
|iPad (1st generation)||2010|
|A1395 (Wi-Fi only)
A1396 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
A1397 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
|iPad 2 (2nd generation)||2011|
|A1416 (Wi-Fi only)
A1403 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
A1430 (Wi-Fi + LTE)
|iPad 3/The New iPad (3rd generation)||Early
|A1458 (Wi-Fi only)
A1459 (Wi-Fi + LTE)
A1460 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
|iPad 4/iPad with Retina (4th generation)||Late
|A1822 (Wi-Fi only)
A1823 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad 5 (5th generation)||2017|
|A1893 (Wi-Fi only)
A1954 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad 6 (6th generation)||2018|
|A2197 (Wi-Fi only)
A2200 (Wi-Fi + Cellular US, Canada)
A2198 (Wi-Fi + Cellular Global)
|iPad 7 (7th generation)||2019|
|A2270 (Wi-Fi only)
A2428 (Wi-Fi + Cellular US, Canada)
A2429 (Wi-Fi + Cellular Global)
A2430 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad 8 (8th generation)||2020|
As you see, the standard iPad was the flagman model since 2010, when the first iPad was launched. But in 2013 Apple has launched iPad Air to replace the standard iPad and frozen the development of new iPad models since 2017, when a company has launched the iPad 5, as a cheaper solution for people who only need the basic iPad functions.
iPad mini model numbers lookup
Also, in 2012 Apple has launched iPad mini, a solution for those people, that need something bigger than iPhone, but more compact than the iPad. However, the company took a break between 2015 and 2019 and hasn’t announced a new iPad mini in 2020. Some analysts and journalists attribute this to the declining popularity of the iPad mini, as smartphones have almost equaled its display diagonal.
|iPad mini Model Number||iPad mini Model Name||Year|
|A1432 (Wi-Fi only)
A1454 (Wi-Fi + LTE)
A1455 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
|iPad mini (1st generation)||Late
|A1489 (Wi-Fi only)
A1490 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A1491 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad mini 2 (2nd generation)||2013|
|A1599 (Wi-Fi only)
A1600 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad mini 3 (3rd generation)||2014|
|A1538 (Wi-Fi only)
A1550 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad mini 4 (4th generation)||2015|
|A2133 (Wi-Fi only)
A2124 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2126 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2125 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad mini 5 (5th generation)||2019|
By the way, we can also assume that announcing iPad mini 5th generation in 2019 was kind of experiment that didn’t pay off, so Apple made a decision not to offer new iPad mini in 2020.
iPad Air model numbers lookup
iPad Air was launched in the late 2013 as the successor to the original iPad. The main difference of iPad Air were much narrower display frames. However, in 2014 Apple stopped launching new iPad Air models, as company has focused on iPad Pro’s.
|iPad Air Model Number||iPad Air Model Name||Year|
|A1474 (Wi-Fi only)
A1475 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A1476 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad Air (1st generation)||2013|
|A1566 (Wi-Fi only)
A1567 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad Air 2 (2nd generation)||2014|
|A2152 (Wi-Fi only)
A2123 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2153 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2154 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad Air 3 (3rd generation)||2019|
|A2316 (Wi-Fi only)
A2324 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2325 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2072 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad Air 4 (4th generation)||2020|
As you see, Apple has stopped making iPads Air in 2015, but in 2019 company re-launched this iPad line, positioning it between standard iPad and iPad Pro.
iPad Pro model numbers lookup
|iPad Pro Model Number||iPad Pro Model Name||Year|
|A1584 (Wi-Fi only)
A1652 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)||2015|
|A1673 (Wi-Fi only)
A1674/A1675 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad Pro 9.7-inch||2016|
|A1701 (Wi-Fi only)
A1709 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad Pro 10.5-inch||2017|
|A1670 (Wi-Fi only)
A1671 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)||2017|
|A2228 (Wi-Fi only)
A2068/A2230 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2231 (Wi+Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)||2018|
|A1876 (Wi-Fi only)
A2014/A1895 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A1983 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)||2018|
|A2229 (Wi-Fi only)
A2069/A2232 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2233 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)||2020|
|A2228 (Wi-Fi only)
A2068/A2230 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
A2231 (Wi-Fi + Cellular China)
|iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)||2020|
iPad Serial Number Explained
Like the iPhone, iPad devices have a lot of information coded in their serial numbers. The serial number can be found on the iPad’s box or in the iPad’s settings. The iPad serial number format is similar to the iPhone serial number. The iPad serial number is 12 characters long.
iPad Serial Number Decoder
- F9 – factory location. Note: the main assembly place for iPads in China. F9/DN means that the iPad was assembled at Foxconn;
- F – assembly line number at the factory;
- YC – year and week when iPad was made (below is a table for understanding the month and week when iPad was made;
- 6FBL – unique device number;
- LM – iPad model identifier (below is the full list of iPad models and their identifiers);
- P – modification, for example:
- P – iPads with Wi-Fi only;
- W – iPads with Wi-Fi + Cellular.
- D – color;
iPad Generation Serial Number: What generation is my iPad?
- Q1 – iPad (8th generation)
- NR – iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- LM – iPad Air / 3rd Generation
- LM – iPad mini (5th generation)
- MF – iPad (7th generation)
- K7 – iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- KD – iPad Pro 11-inch
- JF – iPad (6th generation)
- J2 – iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- HL – iPad (5th generation)
- HP – iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
- H1 – iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
- HG – iPad mini 4 manufacture 2017
- GH– iPad mini 4 manufacture 2015-2016
- GM – iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
- G5 – iPad mini 3
- FC – iPad mini 2
- G5 – iPad Air 2
- FK – iPad Air
- F1 – iPad mini
- FC – iPad (4th generation)
- DV – iPad (3rd generation)
- DK – iPad 2
- PZ – iPad
When was my iPad made?
IPHONE ASSEMBLY DATE (DATE CODES IN SERIAL NUMBER) 2010-2029
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