How to identify an iPhone model using the Model Identification Code


The vast majority of iPhone fans only need a quick glance to figure out which iPhone model a certain device is. Even if that's the case, did you know that you can use the Model Identification Number to identify an Apple iPhone model?

On the back of each iPhone, Apple has printed a Model Identification Number. Now, the print is very small, meaning that you might need to use a magnifying glass before deciphering the code. Once that's done, check out the codes below to find out which iPhone model you're looking at.

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9 Comments

1. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Is it that hard to know which iphone you're looking at? Not a bad article it will help someone

2. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Original iphone is easy to identify unique design 3g has plastic back 3gs possible white color. To know that it's a 3gs check camera and see if it can record 4 is easy cause of the glass. 4s check the lines in metal if not just look for siri 5 is easy look for bigger screen 5c plastic and colors 5s new home button 6 new design bigger screen 6s no ffc stuff in back look for force touch

3. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Can you have way to tell which carrier by model

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont think iPhones are differentiated by carrier. They're simply all the same. But I could be wrong - wonder if there's any difference in AT&T iPhone vs Verizon iPhone (other than maybe being locked temporarily)...

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I've been doing this for a long time even with iPads, especially on online stores, some of whom can mix up images and names, long as the model number is correct, you know what you buying.

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

True. There are a couple of models (at least) that have the same size/shape of lcd, but the tabs for screws are in different spots.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

One thing I really notice to know when u have an iPhone 6 Plus or 6S Plus is the canera lens is darker on the latter

7. saif2711

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Mine shows A1687 and yes it's 6s plus

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

meh, you have an iPhone, it really doesn't matter what model. You're automatically one of THEM.

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