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Out The Box: How Can You Tell The Difference Between 'iPad 2' and The 'New iPad'?

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 Out The Box: How Can You Tell The Difference Between 'iPad 2' and The 'New iPad'?
Unread 06-06-2012, 06:35 PMJoined Oct 2007 - away - #1
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So, finally i've succumb to using an Apple product with my morning delivery of the 'New iPad'.

Not only is this my first Apple product, but itt's my first tablet of any kind.

Anyway, whilst noticing that the operating system is 5.1.1 which i believe is the latest IOS, i simply could not tell if i have been conned....as for all i know i could be holding an 'iPad 2' in my hands.

So could someone simply explain and point out what i should look for, which signifies that i have the latest model of the iPad...because i simply can not tell.

The box says nothing about 'New iPad', however it does state 'iCloud' (does it say this on the iPad 2 box also?).

It all looks the same and it think it's ridiculous that Apple doesn't state the actual name of the product on packaging or anywhere on the iPad itself.

Help me out with this trivial issue....thanks.

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Unread 06-06-2012, 06:44 PMJoined Jan 2004 - away - #2
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Screen quality, Camera and size
thats about it
if you are a non traditional user which most of us are in regards to browsing the net, listening to music and taking pics then you will see no big difference even compared to the ipad 1
if you are a gamer, graphic designer or producer then you will notice a difference
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model number in settings or on the back of the iPad.
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Originally Posted by Javon23
Screen quality, Camera and size
thats about it
if you are a non traditional user which most of us are in regards to browsing the net, listening to music and taking pics then you will see no big difference even compared to the ipad 1
if you are a gamer, graphic designer or producer then you will notice a difference
Yeah i hear you, but i have nothing to compare the difference as i've never had any other model.



Originally Posted by hockeythug
model number in settings or on the back of the iPad.

The model number doesn't say much...it's just a bunch of numbers & letters.

The back of the iPad just states 'iPad 16GB'.

I'm sure someone who copped online or somewhere in China would've been tricked in to thinking they purchased the 'New iPad', but actually got handed an 'iPad 2'.

If you've never seen or experienced an 'iPad 2', then it's preety difficult to the tell difference. The packaging states nothing obvious.
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If u have a 4g model it'll be easy to tell...just look at your cellular data plan. "Wifi only" is tricky and I dont know why Apple wouldnt discreetly label the back of the iPad or even the packaging. And with this "New iPad" moniker it'll only get more confusing in the future. The only way to tell the difference for sure is to identify and match the serial numbers for the New gen of iPads. I cant tell the difference just by looking at the screen...even if its on.

Google the serial numbers to look for.
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Ok i've just found some info on the Apple site regarding model numbers....

Here it goes:

Here's 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 a.ssigned model number A1219.

MB292LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration. The 32 GB configuration is a.ssigned MB293LL/A and the 64 GB configuration is a.ssigned MB294LL/A.


Apple iPad Wi-Fi/3G/GPS (Original) 16, 32, 64 GB

The Wi-Fi/3G/A-GPS iPad configurations are a.ssigned model number A1337.

MC349LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration. The 32 GB configuration is a.ssigned MC496LL/A and the 64 GB configuration is a.ssigned MC497LL/A.


Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi Only) 16, 32, 64 GB

The wi-fi only iPad 2 configurations are a.ssigned model number A1395.

MC769LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is a.ssigned MC770LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is a.ssigned MC916LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are a.ssigned MC979LL/A, MC980LL/A, and MC981LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and a.ssigned 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 a.ssigned model number A1396.

MC773LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is a.ssigned MC774LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is a.ssigned MC775LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are a.ssigned MC982LL/A, MC983LL/A, and MC984LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and a.ssigned 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 a.ssigned model number A1397.

MC755LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is a.ssigned MC763LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is a.ssigned MC764LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are a.ssigned MC985LL/A, MC986LL/A, and MC987LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and a.ssigned 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 a.ssigned 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 a.ssigned model number A1430

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 a.ssigned model number A1403

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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Originally Posted by FrankAndBeans
If u have a 4g model it'll be easy to tell...just look at your cellular data plan. "Wifi only" is tricky and I dont know why Apple wouldnt discreetly label the back of the iPad or even the packaging. And with this "New iPad" moniker it'll only get more confusing in the future. The only way to tell the difference for sure is to identify and match the serial numbers for the New gen of iPads. I cant tell the difference just by looking at the screen...even if its on.

Google the serial numbers to look for.
I agreed with FrankAndBeans, Google is your best friend. However, you can also go on to the Apple Store website and there is a link in the Support section to check your registration status an such. As for the telling the difference in the way it works/looks. Not much to differentiate. If it gets really really hot while playing a high performance game, it's a "New iPad".
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You cant tell the difference because Apple just changes the name of its products and releases the same thing
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