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Check iOS 8 Model Number On iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch [How-to Tutorial]

Last updated: September 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

Should we look into the software or hardware to find out the model number of our iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch? This is a common question we see on Apple forums.

The answer is simple. First, we will explain to you the basics, then explain to you the steps involved in checking the model number of your iOS device, and finally share the updated list of model numbers of each devices. The process to find model number is so simple that it might bring a smile on your face. :-)

Identifying Model Number of Apple Devices: Why It’s Important

You may remember that only Apple iPhone 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad 2 (and over), or iPod Touch 5G users can upgrade their devices to the new iOS 8 firmware (see the compatibility chart). Now, you may also know this fact: If you are going to update to new firmware via OTA, then you have to create minimum free space for the installation process.

However, if you plan to upgrade to iOS 8 via iTunes, the first step is to download iOS 8 files on your computer. Then you have to transfer these files on your iOS device. The process is simple, but picking the right file is important.

You can’t download iOS 8 files for iPad and install these files on your iPhone.

Every iOS 8 update is different for different devices. So, if you have an iPad Air, you have to download iOS 8 file that is custom-made for iPad Air. For iPhone, you need to get a different iOS file.

One iOS 8 file available for different Apple devices.
One iOS 8 file available for different Apple devices.

One more important point: A single Apple model can have many model numbers. For example, as seen on the above picture, Apple iPad mini comes in the following model:

  • Model A1432
  • Model A1454
  • Model A1455

When you are able to find out the exact iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch model number, you can download the proper iOS 8 files on your Mac or Windows computer.

And so we come back to our main question: How can I find the model number of iOS 8 devices?

Find Model Number In Under A Minute

You don’t have to go into Settings -> About. Give it a try and you will find the serial number, IMEI number, Modem Firmware, ICCID number and so on.

The trick (yes, finally revealed) to check for the model number is to turn your device. On the back cover you will find the model number printed.

After you get this model number, finding the proper iOS 8 file is easy. Just head over to our iOS 8 download page and select the firmware you want to download.

Here is the complete list of iOS devices with their model numbers:

iPhone Model Numbers:

iPhone 6

  • Model A1549 (GSM model)
  • Model A1549 (CDMA model)
  • Model A1586

iPhone 6 Plus

  • Model A1522 (GSM model)
  • Model A1522 (CDMA model)
  • Model A1524

iPhone 5s

  • A1533 or A1457 or A1530: iPhone 5s (GSM model)
  • A1533 or A1453: iPhone 5s (CDMA model)
  • A1518 or A1528 or A1530: iPhone 5s (GSM model China)

iPhone 5c

  • A1532 or A1507 or A1529: iPhone 5c (GSM model)
  • A1532 or A1456: iPhone 5c (CDMA model)
  • A1516 or A1526 or A1529: iPhone 5c (GSM model China)

iPhone 5

  • A1428: iPhone 5 (GSM model)
  • A1429: iPhone 5 (GSM and CDMA model)
  • A1442: iPhone 5 (CDMA model, China)

iPhone 4s

  • A1431: iPhone 4s (GSM model China)
  • A1387: iPhone 4s (CDMA model)
  • A1387: iPhone 4s (GSM model)

iPad Model Numbers:

iPad Air

  • A1474 on the iPad Air Wi-Fi
  • A1475 on the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • A1476 on the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad mini with Retina display

  • A1489 on the iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi
  • A1490 on the iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • A1491 on the iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad (4th generation)

  • A1458 on the iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi
  • A1459 on the iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • A1460 on the iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular (MM)

iPad mini

  • A1432 on the iPad mini Wi-Fi
  • A1454 on the iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • A1455 on the iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular (MM)

iPad 3 (3rd generation)

  • A1403 on the iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular (VZ)
  • A1430 on the iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • A1416 on the iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi

iPad 2 (2nd generation)

  • A1397 on the iPad 2 (CDMA model)
  • A1396 on the iPad 2 (GSM model)
  • A1395 on the iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)

iPod Touch Model Number:

iPod Touch 5th Generation

  • A1421 – iPod touch (5th Gen)
  • A1509 – iPod touch (5th Gen, No iSight, 2013)
  • A1421 – iPod touch (5th Gen, 16 GB, 2014)
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