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How to see iPad model: Over time, Apple has launched various iPad models on the market , different from each other in terms of hardware improvements but not always easily distinguishable in terms of design. Taking this into account, having planned the purchase of a tablet of the “bitten apple”, you decided to read up on how to distinguish a given model from another and you ended up here, on my guide dedicated to the subject.

How do you say? This is exactly how things are and you would like to know if I can actually give you a hand and explain  how to see the iPad model ? Of course yes, rest assured! Take a few minutes of your precious time to read this article and you will see that in the end you will have perfectly clear ideas about it.

In the following lines, in fact, I will go to show you how to succeed in the enterprise based on the aesthetic aspect, the IMEI code and the model code of the Apple tablet. But now just chat and let’s get to the heart of the tutorial. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you the best of luck for everything!

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See the iPad model by appearance

First, let’s try to figure out how to see the iPad model based on the aesthetic appearance  of the tablet. As anticipated at the beginning, over the years Apple has placed on the market several models of its tablet that all differ in terms of technical characteristics. As for the design, however, the differences may not be so obvious. This does not take away the fact that there are still some distinctive signs: let’s see immediately what they are.

  • 12.9 ″ iPad Pro (5th generation)– on the market from the end of April 2021 with 128, 256, 512 GB, 1TB memory and the new 2TB denomination. For its 5th generation iPad Pro, Apple has equipped the device with an M1 processor previously used only for Macs and backed by a whopping 16GB of RAM. This choice makes the iPad Pro 50% faster than the previous generation and with 40% higher graphics performance than the last generation. The USB-C port is also improved and receives Thunderbolt 4 support with 4 times the bandwidth. On the connection front there is full support for 5G while the cameras have received big improvements thanks to the LiDAR scanner for AR apps and image processing. Finally, the display now consists of 10.
  • iPad Pro 11 ″ (3rd generation) – is available from the end of April 2021 and is a smaller version of its big brother. The differences this time are not only in the diagonal of the screen, which is reduced to 11 inches, and in the price, but also in the quality of the display. this iPad Pro in fact is not equipped with the Mini LED technology but stops at an enhanced version of the Liquid Retina LCD already seen in previous generations.
  • 12.9 ″ iPad Pro (4th generation) – Apple launched this generation iPad Pro 12.9 with IPS Liquid Retina LCD display in March 2020 in 128, 256, 512 GB and 1TB memory sizes (64GB version of the previous generation). At the processor level, it mounts the Apple A12Z Bionic with an Octa-core GPU designed to support the user even in the most advanced stages of calculation and editing of video streams in 4K. The RAM is 6 GB and is the first iPad Pro to boast a rear photo module with 12MP main sensor and 10MP secondary module with ultra wide angle lens and capable of recording videos in 4K.
  • iPad Pro 11 ” (2nd generation) – arrived on the market in March 2020 this model is configured as the compact version of the iPad Pro 12.9 of the 4th generation, differing only in the size of the screen (here 11 inches) and the lower price .
  • iPad Pro 12.9 ″ (3rd generation)  – has been marketed since the end of 2018 in memory sizes of 64, 256, 512 GB and 1TB, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. Its feature that immediately catches the eye is the full-screen design, in fact it does not have buttons on the front side (therefore it does not have the Home button). The colors available are silver and space gray. It features Smart Connector, USB-C, Face ID for face recognition and has four speakers. It also has a 12.9 ″ Liquid Retina type display and is compatible with the second generation Apple Pencil with magnetic coupling for the latter and support for the Smart Keyboard Folio.
  • iPad Pro 11 “  – was launched at the end of 2018 and has all the features of the” increased “model. The only real difference with respect to the latter concerns its overall dimensions, which are reduced. It should be noted that, as can be guessed from the same nomenclature, it has an 11 ″ diagonal.
  • iPad Pro 12.9 ″ (2nd generation)  – was released on the market in 2017 in memory sizes of 64, 256 and 512 GB, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. It has a classic design, with pronounced edges and a Home button on the front. The colors available are space gray, rose gold, gold or silver. It has a 12.9 “Retina display and is equipped with Smart Connector, Lightning connector, Touch ID and four speakers. It can be used in conjunction with the first generation Apple Pencil (with charging via the Lightning port) and the Smart Keyboard.
  • iPad Pro 10.5 ″ (2nd generation)  – was launched on the market starting from 2017 in memory sizes of 64, 256 and 512 GB, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. It has practically the same features as its “big brother”, but has thinner bezels and a 10.5 “diagonal display.
  • iPad Pro 9.7 ″  – has been on the market since 2016 and currently can still be found on sale in memory sizes of 32, 128 and 256 GB, both in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. It has a classic design, with pronounced edges and a Home button on the front. The colors available are silver, space gray, gold and rose gold. It has a 9.7 “Retina display and is equipped with Smart Connector, Lightning connector, Touch ID and four speakers. It is compatible with first generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
  • iPad Pro 12.9 ″ (1st generation)  – has been on sale since 2015 in memory sizes of 64, 256 and 512 GB, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. The colors in which it is presented are silver, space gray or gold. It has a 12.9 “Retina display and a classic design, with pronounced edges and front Home button. It is equipped with Smart Connector, Lightning connector, Touch ID and four audio speakers. It is compatible with first generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
  • iPad (6th generation)  – is the current base model of iPad, with classic design and front home button. It was placed on the market starting from 2018 in 32 and 128 GB memory cuts, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. The colors in which it is presented are gold, silver or space gray. It has a Lightning connector, Touch ID and a 9.7 “Retina display. While not part of the Pro range, it differs from previous iPads for compatibility with Apple Pencil (first generation).
  • iPad (5th generation)  – has been on sale since 2017 and has practically the same features as the 6th generation iPad, except for compatibility with the first generation Apple Pencil.
  • iPad Air 2  – was marketed at the end of 2014 in memory sizes of 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. The colors in which it is presented are silver, space gray or gold. It is equipped with a 9.7 “Retina display, integrates the Lightning connector and Touch ID. It is not compatible with Apple Pencil.
  • iPad Air  – was launched between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 in memory cuts of 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. It has roughly the same characteristics as the iPad Air 2, but differs from the latter due to its greater thickness and the absence of Touch ID.
  • iPad mini 4  – marketed starting from 2015 in memory sizes of 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB, both in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. The colors in which it is presented are silver, space gray or gold. It has practically the same characteristics as the iPad Air 2. The only real difference, as the same nomenclature suggests, is in the screen, which in this case has a diagonal of 7.9 ″.

For the sake of practicality, I have shown you only the most recent iPads. To consult the complete list (and the related data sheets), however, you can consult the appropriate page that Apple has made available on its website.

See the iPad model by the IMEI code

How to see iPad model

Aesthetic characteristics of the device aside, it is possible to see the iPad model also and above all based on the IMEI code . Don’t you know what it is? No problem, I’ll explain it to you immediately: the IMEI, acronym for Mobile Equipment Identity (International Identity of mobile terminals), is nothing more than a numeric code consisting of 15 digits that allows you to uniquely identify each device, allowing to trace the exact brand (in this specific case Apple) and model.

To be able to trace the iPad model from the IMEI code, you first need to find this code. How you do it? Simple, indeed very simple: just follow the instructions on what to do below.

  • IOS settings – take your iPad, unlock it, tap on the  Settings icon (the one with the gear ) on the home screen and, in the new screen displayed, press the General item and the word Info . You will then be able to view the IMEI code of the tablet in correspondence with the IMEI item .
  • iTunes – connect the iPad to the computer using the appropriate cable, wait for iTunes to open  or start it yourself (on macOS it is pre-installed, while on Windows it must be downloaded separately, as I explained in my guide on how to download iTunes) and click on the tablet icon  located at the top left. Then check that the Summary tab is selected in the left part of the window (otherwise you will do it yourself), click on the Phone number item (on the right) and you will be able to view the IMEI code.
  • Sales package – even by looking at the iPad sales package you can get the IMEI code. Usually, it can be found on the back, on a special label . You can easily recognize it as it is marked with IMEI / MEID .

Obviously, keep in mind that if the iPad whose IMEI you want to know (or its sales package) is not yet in your possession, you will have to ask the seller or in any case the person who intends to give it to you to provide this data.

Once you have found the IMEI code, you can take advantage of the Apple Coverage Verification Service to find out which iPad model it corresponds to. Then visit  this web page , enter the iPad IMEI code in the field under the heading Enter the serial number , enter the code shown in the image in the lower field and click on the Continue button . In the new page that will be shown to you at this point you will finally be able to know the exact model of the iPad, together with the information relating to the warranty.

See the iPad model from the model number

How to see iPad model

You can also take advantage of the model code to be able to understand which iPad you are dealing with: it is, in fact, a special alphanumeric code consisting of 5 digits that the same company from Cupertino affixes to its devices to allow exact identification. There are several ways to find the model number of an iPad.

  • Body – you can find the model code on the rear case of the iPad, corresponding to the wording Designed by Apple in California AssembLED in China , followed by the wording Model Axxxx .
  • IOS Settings  – take your iPad, unlock it, access the home screen and press the  Settings icon (the one with the gear ). In the screen that you see at this point, tap on the General item and then on the Info item . The model code is the one you find next to the wording Model .
  • Sales package – the model code of the device is also shown on the iPad sales package, to be precise on the label that is usually affixed to the back. You can easily distinguish it as it is marked with Part No.

After being able to trace the model code, to find out which iPad it refers to, just compare it with the codes reported by Apple itself on the page where all the iPad models are listed that I reported to you at the beginning of the guide, in the step in which I described the appearance of all versions of the tablet to you.

Alternatively, you can rely on the EveryMac.com website . Go, therefore, to this web page , type the code in the field with the words Enter Mac, iPod, iPhone or iPad Identifier next to it and click on the Lookup button  on the right. In the new page that will later open, you can then know the exact model of the reference iPad. It was easy, wasn’t it?

In case of doubts or problems

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Have you followed my instructions on how to see the iPad model in detail but you still don’t have very clear ideas on what to do and do you think you need further help? If this is the case, I can only suggest that you get in touch with Apple and express your doubts and requests directly to the company of the bitten apple.

Depending on your preferences, as well as the means in your possession, you can contact Apple Customer Support in different ways: by phone , via the Web , via the Apple Support application and via Twitter . You can also go to an Apple Store in person and speak to sales people personally. For detailed explanations on what to do, I refer you to reading my guide specifically dedicated to how to contact Apple.