How to identify which iPad you have

Tuesday 16th July 2013 by William Judd in How to Guides, iPad, Tablets.

The easiest way to identify which iPad you have is to check the model number on the iPad’s back case. Just find your number in the table below, then click on the model name to see compatible accessories.

Wi-Fi only Cellular
iPad Air (late 2013) A1473 A1474 A1475
iPad Mini 2 (late 2013) A1488 A1489 A1490
iPad Mini (late 2012) A1432 A1454 A1455
iPad 4 (late 2012) A1458 A1459 A1460
iPad 3 (early 2012) A1416 A1430 A1430
iPad 2 (2011) A1395 A1396 A1397
iPad 1 (2010) A1219 A1337

 

Of course, there are other ways to check which iPad you have without looking up the model number – just follow the steps below, looking at the iPad’s size, its connector, and its thickness.

1. Full-size iPad or iPad Mini?

First things first – do you have the iPad Mini or the full size iPad? The full size iPad has a screen that’s ten inches along the diagonal, while the iPad Mini is smaller at about 8 inches. If you’ve got a full size iPad, skip to the next question. If you’ve got a small iPad, read on.

If you’ve got the smaller kind of iPad, then you have either the iPad Mini or the iPad Mini 2 (also known as the iPad Mini with Retina display). The iPad Mini with Retina display will look sharper due to its higher resolution screen and will be 0.3 mm thicker, but if you don’t have two iPads to compare then the effect won’t be obvious.

Instead, have a look at the back for that model number. For A1488, A1489 and A1490, you’ll want iPad Mini 2 accessories. For model numbers A1432, A1454 and A1455, you should have a look at our iPad Mini accessories here.

The iPad Mini 2 (late 2013) aka the iPad Mini with Retina

The original iPad Mini (late 2012)

2. Full-size iPad with Lightning connector – but does it have a thick or thin bezel?

The most recent iPad is the iPad Air – a newly retitled and redesigned iPad with a very thin bezel, like the iPad Mini. The big difference to previous full-size iPads is the thickness of the bezels. The Air has very thin bezels, and a lighter and thinner design overall as well. If you have a thin-bezeled iPad, then check out our iPad Air accessories.

iPad Air (late 2013) with noticeably thinner bezels than the iPads shown below

If you have wider bezels, then the most recent iPad it could be is the fourth generation iPad, or iPad 4. It’s very similar in shape and size to the third generation iPad, but it has the small micro-USB sized Lightning connector instead of the earlier wide and thin 30 Pin Apple connector. The iPad 4 was released in late 2012.

If you’ve got a thick-bezeled iPad with a Lightning connector, it’s the iPad 4, so have a look at our iPad 4 accessories here.

The 4th generation iPad aka iPad 4 (late 2012)

3. Full-size iPad with 30 Pin connector?

If you’ve got a thick-bezeled iPad with a 30 Pin connector, then you have either the iPad 3 (marketed as “the new iPad”), the iPad 2, or the original iPad.

Third, second and first generation iPad models. Aside from the model number, the only real difference between the Wi-Fi models is the thickness of the chassis.

Telling the difference between the first, second and third generation iPad models is more difficult, because the only real physical difference is the thickness – the original iPad is noticeably thicker (12.7 mm or 1/2 an inch), the iPad 2 is thinner (8.6 mm or .34 inches), and the iPad 3 is slightly thicker than that (9.4 mm or 0.37 inches). The iPad 1 was released in 2010, the iPad 2 in 2011, and the iPad 3 in early 2012.

If you’re still not sure what iPad you’ve got, why not check out Apple’s article on the subject?

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