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.
|iPad Pro 9.7-inch (2016)||A1673||A1675|
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2015)||A1584||A1652|
|iPad Air 2 (late 2014)||A1566||A1567|
|iPad Air (late 2013)||A1473||A1474||A1475|
|iPad Mini 4 (late 2015)||A1538||A1550|
|iPad Mini 3 (late 2014)||A1599||A1600|
|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. Four speakers and smart connector?
The iPad Pro is the most recent iPad to be announced. It comes in two sizes, 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch, and both have two distinct characteristics. The first is the speaker system — you should see two speaker grilles on the top, and two speaker grilles on the bottom of the iPad. Secondly, there will be a Smart Connector on the left side, which looks like three circles in a row. If you have the Smart Connector and the four speakers, then you have an iPad Pro.
Besides size — the iPad Pro 12.9 has the same size screen as a decent-sized laptop, while the iPad Pro 9.7 has the same size as the original iPad and the iPad Air — there’s another way to tell the difference between the two iPad Pro models. The 9.7-inch iPad has an LED flash below the rear camera, a little golden circle. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro doesn’t have this.
If your iPad doesn’t have four speakers or the smart connector, continue on!
2. Full-size iPad or iPad Mini?
Next, 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, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Mini 4 (the latter three are also called iPad Mini with Retina display by Apple). The iPad Mini 2 and 3 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.
(Unless you have a gold model, in which case it must be the iPad Mini 3 or iPad Mini 4. The Mini 4 has a small microphone to the right of the rear camera; the Mini 3 does not.)
Instead, have a look at the back for that model number. A1538 and A1550 mean you need iPad Mini 4 accessories. For A1599 and A1600, you need iPad Mini 3 accessories. 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.
3. Full-size iPad with Lightning connector – but does it have a thick or thin bezel?
The very latest iPad is the fifth iPad to just be called the ‘iPad’. It has thin bezels, like the iPad Air models we’ll look at below, and is identical in basically all other respects too. Unfortunately, that means the only way to know for sure is to check the model number on the back — the new 2017 iPad is numbered A1822 or A1823, the Air 2 is A1566 and A1567, while the original Air is the A1473, A1474 and A1475.
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.
4. 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.
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’ve got a third generation iPad, check out our iPad 3 accessories here.
- If you’ve got a second generation iPad, check out our iPad 2 accessories here.
- If you’ve got an original iPad, have a look at our iPad 1 accessories here.
If you’re still not sure what iPad you’ve got, why not check out Apple’s article on the subject?