iPad Difference between iPad 2, 3 and new? (looks)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AK10R, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I’ve been looking at buying a used iPad and am not sure a quick way to tell the difference between the 2, 3 and new iPads. Is there a quick way to tell which is which? Markings? serial numbers?….

    I have had an iPad 1 for a couple of years now.

    Thanks
    Rich
     
  2. Zwhaler, Dec 13, 2012
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    iPad 3 is slightly thicker than the iPad 2 & has a retina display.

    iPad 4 looks like an iPad 3 but with a lighting dock connector.

    there are other obvious differences (model numbers, etc.) but that is going to be the easiest way to tell them apart.
     
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  5. macrumors 6502

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    Although the physical differences others have mentioned will help (different connector between the two retina models, iPad 2 has a totally different display) if you're only comparing the generations, if you're looking for specifics, the fastest and easiest way is to use the model number.

    Go to Settings > General > About and look at the model number (a list is here in the box called "order no."). That's the only easy way to tell the difference between a 2012 iPad 2 and a 2011 model, for example, which might matter if you're buying something that claims to still be under warranty or something like that.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Be real careful when you choose your ipad.

    There are people who went for the 4 and finally got the 3 without knowing. Happened in my area, and he couldn't get the refund or exchange.
     
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    The dock connector is very different. How did they manage to get them mixed up?
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Not everyone know all basic details about Ipad. You will be surprised how many people didn't even know how to put games on their Iphones.
     
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    Well at least they didn't buy a wooden iPad.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20099564-71/woman-pays-$180-for-wooden-ipad-its-fake/
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Rofl ... wow!
     

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