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Dec 26, 2018

How to identify your iPhone Model

If you are about to buy a new iPhone online or just exploring your iPhone, you may find the Model (in Settings – General – About) is pretty confusing.

For example, the Model of your iPhone 6 you are referring to could be showing A1586(We call it A-Number) or MG472LL/A(We call it SKU). And you can click to switch between them. But, what does it mean?

A-Number

Take my iPhone 6 as an example. According to Apple.com, the A Number of an iPhone 6 could be one of these:

A1549 North America (SKU: MG4P2LL/A*) or Verizon Locked(SKU: MG5X2LL/A*)
A1586 Sprint Locked/Global Unlocked (SKU: MG6A2LL/A*)
A1589 China Mobile Locked

As you can see, each “A Number” is unnecessarily corresponding to only one version of iPhone. But they share the same “generation” (iPhone 6). They are too vague to be used to identify the tech specs, sometime.

SKU

The most informative parts are the head and the tail. Taking MG472LL/A as an example…

First Letter Product Type
M Retail
F Refurbished
N Replacement
P Personalized (engraved)

And the tail, LL/A, tells us the region (discard the /A part).

Code Region
AB Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
B Ireland, UK, also used for some replacement units
BR Brazil (Assembled in Brazil)
BZ Brazil (Assembled in China)
C Canada
CL Canada
CH China
CZ Czech Republic
D Germany
DN Austria, Germany, Netherlands
E Mexico
EE Estonia
FB France, Luxembourg
FD Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
GR Greece
HN India
IP Italy
HB Israel
J Japan
KH Korea
KN Norway
KS Finland, Sweden
LA Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru
LE Argentina
LL USA, Canada, also used for some replacement units
LZ Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
MG Hungary
MO Macau, Hong Kong(?)
MY Malaysia
NF Belgium, France, Luxembourg
PL Poland
PO Portugal
PP Philippines
RO Romania
RS Russia
SL Slovakia
SO South Africa
T Italy
TA Taiwan
TU Turkey
TY Italy
VC Canada
X Australia, New Zealand
Y Spain
ZA Singapore
ZP Hong Kong, Macau

The first 5 letters make up the version identifier, including the Generation, Storage Capacity option, and Color.

You can check the detailed table here: https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/Models#iPhone

Credits

The iPhone Wiki

EveryMac.com

Macworld

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