How to Distinguish Different Models of iPhone and iPad

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Apple devices are a must have for most of us. But how do we know which one we are buying? At face value they all look very similar although there are some tell-tale differences. In this article we are going to help you easily distinguish between the different iPhone models. This information will consequently make it easier for you to choose the best one for you.

Part 1. How to Distinguish iPhone 4S from iPhone 4

Siri for iPhone 4S

The simplest way to tell iPhone 4 from iPhone 4S is that iPhone 4S has the function of Siri, while iPhone 4 doesn't. So please check your iPhone for Siri first, if you don't know if it's iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. Besides, thanks to its new A5 chip, iPhone 4S is noticeably snappier and faster.

distinguish iphone 4 from iphone 4s

The iPhone 4 GSM will always have a SIM card tray. The sim card tray is located on the right side of the mid-frame. And yes, there is a black line near the bottom, but it's like that on all of the iPhones.

Physically Differences

One slight change in the design would be the placement of the buttons on the left spine. As seen in this picture comparison, the iPhone 4S' mute button and the volume keys are raised just a little bit. It is quite a minute difference. However, protective cases that have these precise button openings for the iPhone 4 may not necessarily fit the newer version.

iphone 4 vs iphone 4s

Hardware Specifications

While there are no huge differences between the two devices. The diffences of hardware are still notable as you can see from the following image.

iphone 4 vs iphone 4s

Part 2. How to Tell the Differences between iPhone 4 (GSM) and iPhone 4 (CDMA)

Lots of people ask why Wondershare Dr. fone doesn't support their iPhones, and they're using iPhone 4, not iPhone 4S. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) supports iPhone 4, doesn't it? The answer is Yes. In the past Dr. fone only supports iPhone 4 GSM, but now Wondershare Dr. fone supports both iPhone 4 GSM and iPhone 4 CDMA. However, if you still want to check your iPhone if it's an iPhone 4 GSM or an iPhone 4 CDMA. You can check it according to the tips below.

How do I tell the difference between an iPhone 4 GSM and an iPhone 4 CDMA?

There are two obvious differences between iPhone 4 GSM and iPhone 4 CDMA. One is the sim card tray and the other is about the black line on the iPhone's body.

iPhone 4 GSM

Look on the metal mid-frame. Is there a black line above the volume & mute buttons? Now, is there a sim card tray on the right side of the mid-frame? These are the things to look for.

iphone 4 gsm vs iphone 4 cdma

The iPhone 4 GSM will always have a SIM card tray. The sim card tray is located on the right side of the mid-frame. And yes, there is a black line near the bottom, but it's like that on all of the iPhones.

iPhone 4 CDMA

While there is no sim card tray on the iPhone 4 CDMA, and you will notice on this model there are 2 black lines located at the top of the mid frame on both the left and right side, which is different from iPhone 4 GSM.

identify iphone 4 gsm and iphone 4 cdma

More about iPhone 4 GSM and iPhone CDMA

iPhone 4 GSM - The iPhone 4 GSM version is offered by carriers world-wide. Carriers that offer the iPhone 4 GSM model include AT&T, Rogers, Vodafone, and T-mobile.

iPhone 4 CDMA - The iPhone 4 CDMA was originally released by Verizon and was later offered by Sprint prior to the release of the iPhone 4S. Both Verizon & Sprint still offer the iPhone 4 CDMA model.

Part 3. iPad 2 VS. The new iPad (iPad 3) VS. iPad with Retina display (iPad 4)

It's very easy to tell iPad 1 and iPad mini from the appearance, while for the other iPad models, it's not so easy to distinguish them. Here, let's share some tips helping you differentiate iPad 2, the new iPad and iPad with Retina display.

How to tell iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) from the new iPad (iPad 3) & iPad 2

1. Siri: only along with iPad with Retina display

In the iPad family, only iPad mini and iPad with Retina display have Siri, with which you can use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more. iPad 2 and the new iPad? There isn't. Therefore, to distinguish your iPad with Retina display from iPad 2 and the new iPad, this is the best and easiest way.

distinguish ipad 1 and ipad 2 from ipad with retina display

2. Connectors: a special one for iPad with Retina display

From connectors or connector ports, it's also very easy to distinguish iPad with Retina display from iPad 2 and the new iPad. Check the difference as the image shown below.

distinguish ipad 1 ipad 2 and ipad with retina display

How to tell iPad 2 from the new iPad (iPad 3)

1. Cameras different in size

This is another big upgrade for the iPad 3 (new iPad). The cameras in the iPad 2 are just barely there, while the iSight camera in the 2012 model is quite good. From the size of the cameras, you can easily tell your iPad 2 from the new iPad. Measured with a vernier caliper, the camera diameter of iPad 2 is 5.5mm, while the new iPad's is 6.9mm. There is a difference of 1.4mm in diameter. Just check the difference in following the picture.

ipad 2 vs ipad 3

2. Voice Dictation (Not Siri)

Voice Dictation, the small brother of Siri is a new button on the keyboard allowing for voice dictation. It can translate what you say into words. To distinguish your new iPad from iPad 2, just check it on the keyboard. If you can see it, it's a new iPad (iPad 3) in your hand now.

iphone 2 vs the new ipad

Distinguish Different iPad Models from Model Number

Different models of iPad have different model numbers, the following are the specific model numbers of iPad series. You can check model number from the back of iPad.

  • 1. The model numbers of the original iPad (iPad 1) are A1219 and A1337.
  • 2. The model numbers of iPad 2 are A1395, A1396, and A1397.
  • 3. The model numbers of The new iPad (iPad 3) are A1416, A1403 and A1430.
  • 4. The model numbers of iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4) are A1458, A1459 and A 1460.

Part 4: Differences between iPhone 5 VS iPhone 5S,iPhone 5C

The easiest way to differentiate between the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone is that the iPhone 5s lacks the rounded square icon on the home button that the other two have. If the iPhone you are looking at is icon free, has a less concave home button and comes with an embedded Touch ID fingerprint sensor, you are looking at an iPhone 5s.

distinguish apple devices

Hardware Differences

There are no major hardware differences between the devices. The following details the hardware specifications of each device.


iPhone 5 iPhone 5s iPhone 5c
Processor 1.3GHz dual-core 1.3GHz dual-core 1.3GHz dual-core
Rear Camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel
Storage 16GB 16GB 16GB
Network GSM/3G/4G LTE GSM/3G/4G LTE GSM/3G/4G LTE
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00 Yes, v 4.00 Yes, v 4.00
Battery 1440mAh 1570mAh 1507mAh

Part 5: Differences between iPhone 6(Plus) VS iPhone 6S(Plus),iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is different from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S in a considerable way. For starters it is much smaller and at 113g as compared to 143g for the other two, is much lighter. It also takes much of its design from the iPhone 5S which it replaced. Like the iPhone 5S it comes with an aluminium body but Apple did include matte edges into its design.

distinguish apple devices

It does come with touch ID which is the same technology as the iPhone 6 although not quite as fast as the Touch ID second-generation found on the iPhone 6s.

Here's a more details comparison of the Specs.


iPhone SE iPhone 6 iPhone 6s
Display 4.0 inches 4.7 inches 4.7 inches
Processor Apple A9 Apple A8 Apple A9
Resolution 1136 x 640 1334 x 750 1334 x750
RAM 2GB 1GB 2GB
Storage 16/64GB 16/64GB 16/64/128GB
Rear Camera 12 Megapixels 8 Megapixels 12 Megapixels
Front Camera 5 Megapixels 1.2 Megapixels 5 Megapixels
OS iOS 9.3 iOS 9.3 iOS 9.3
Battery 1642 mAh 1810mAh 1715mAh
Live Photos No No Yes

Part 6: Differences between iPad Pro VS iPad Air,iPad mini

The first major difference between these three iPad models is one that will hit you immediately; the price. The iPad pro costs nearly twice as much as the other two. The higher price can be attributed to Touch ID, larger storage capacity and the fact that it is a tad faster than the other two models

distinguish apple devices

Design Differences

There is not much difference in the design among these three models. They all share the same sleek design with rounded metal bodies with toughened glass displays. The iPad Pro is however about 0.8mm thicker than the other smaller models. The iPad mini at 6.1mm-thickness and weighing only 299g is the most pocketable of the three.

Display Differences

Of the three, the iPad mini has the sharpest screen at 324ppi as compared to the 264ppi you will find on the other two. The iPad mini's screen is also considerably brighter than the other two.

Here's a Clear Comparison of all the features on each device.


iPad Pro iPad Air iPad Mini
Weight 0.96 pound (437 grams) 0.96 pound (437 grams) 0.65 pound (298.8 grams)
Resolution 2048‑by‑1536 2048‑by‑1536 2048‑by‑1536
Processor A9X third-generation chip A8X second-generation chip A8 second-generation chip
iSight Camera 12-megapixel photos 8-megapixel photos 8-megapixel photos
Video Recording 4K HD video recording (3840 by 2160) 1080p HD video recording 1080p HD video recording
FaceTime HD Camera 5-megapixel photos 1.2-megapixel photos 1.2-megapixel photos
Audio Four speaker audio Two speaker audio Two speaker audio
Connectivity GSM/EDGE,CDMA, LTE GSM/EDGE,CDMA, LTE GSM/EDGE,CDMA, LTE

Now that you have the clear differences between these iOS devices, we hope you will be more informed as to which one will suit your needs when making the purchase.

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