Friday, April 27, 2012

Here is How you can tell What iPad you have without turning it on

The new iPad looks very similar to the iPad 2, how can one physically identify a new 3rd generation iPad?
You may have heard that the IPad 2 and the iPad 3 are verify similar, but aside from the screen clarity how can you tell physically tell an iPad 4G from a IPad 2 3G by looking at it?

The new iPad has a better camera, but that doesn't help you tell  the difference between a 4G Verizon iPad from a 4G AT&T IPad or from a 3G IPad 2.

If I had a 4G IPad in the box, how can I tell whether it is for Verizon, AT&T or other carrier?
Is there a physical marking on the box that identify the carrier?
Is there a physical marking on the iPad itself?

The box that my iPad 2 came in has a paper sticker on the bottom of the box which prominently displays the characteristics of my iPad.  The info shown is:  WiFi,  3G,  64GB,  Black,  and Verizon.  Thus I must assume the new iPad3 box will contain the same info on the sticker on the box:  WiFi,  cellular capability,  memory,  color, and cellular carrier.  You shouldn't need to open the box to check these details although I would just to be sure the serial number etched in tiny letters on the back of the iPad match the serial number on the paper sticker on the box.

Here are the various iPad model numbers and order numbers. The model numbers are on the back of the iPad.

Apple iPad Wi-Fi (Original) 16, 32, 64 GB
The wi-fi only iPad configurations are assigned model number A1219.
MB292LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration. The 32 GB configuration is assigned MB293LL/A and the 64 GB configuration is assigned MB294LL/A.

Apple iPad Wi-Fi/3G/GPS (Original) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/3G/A-GPS iPad configurations are assigned model number A1337.
MC349LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration. The 32 GB configuration is assigned MC496LL/A and the 64 GB configuration is assigned MC497LL/A.

Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi Only) 16, 32, 64 GB
The wi-fi only iPad 2 configurations are assigned model number A1395.
MC769LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is assigned MC770LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is assigned MC916LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are assigned MC979LL/A, MC980LL/A, and MC981LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and assigned new order numbers of MC954LL/A and MC989LL/A for the black and white 16 GB configurations, respectively.

Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS AT&T) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS iPad 2 configurations are assigned model number A1396.
MC773LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is assigned MC774LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is assigned MC775LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are assigned MC982LL/A, MC983LL/A, and MC984LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and assigned new order numbers of MC957LL/A and MC992LL/A for the black and white 16 GB configurations, respectively.

Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS Verizon) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS iPad 2 configurations are assigned model number A1397.
MC755LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is assigned MC763LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is assigned MC764LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are assigned MC985LL/A, MC986LL/A, and MC987LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and assigned new order numbers of MC755LL/A and MC985LL/A for the black and white 16 GB configurations, respectively.

Apple iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi Only) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi Only iPad 3 configurations are assigned model number A1416
MC705LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MC706LL/A and MC707LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD328LL/A, MD329LL/A, and MD330LL/A, respectively.

Apple iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/4G LTE AT&T/GPS) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/4G LTE AT&T/GPS iPad 3 configurations are assigned model numberA1430
MD366LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MD367LL/A and MD368LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD369LL/A, MD370LL/A and MD371LL/A, respectively

Apple iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/4G LTE Verizon/GPS) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/4G LTE Verizon/GPS iPad 3 configurations are assigned model numberA1403
MC733LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MC744LL/A and MC756LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD363LL/A, MD364LL/A, and MD365LL/A, respectively.

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