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