New iPad S/N doesn't use old date format

eq2675

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Just got my shipping confirmation and it has the serial number listed as

DN6H5xxxxxxx

On my iPhone 4 and iPad 1, the 3rd digit was the last digit of the year and digits 4 and 5 were the week the device was manufactured.

I wonder how you decode this new serial number format?
 

citivolus

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interesting...I just tried entering my new iPad's serial number into the online Apple warranty checker and got the reply "System Error". How un-Apple like... :)
 

thatoneguy82

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I never knew that the previous one had any code in it's serial number. But looking at my invoice with the printed serial number, it doesn't really make any sense. At least as far deciphering it to get the build date.

DMPH#**#**GG

#=number instead of letter in its place.
*=letter
 

JohnDoe98

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Mine is 2nd week of January. It also says:

Factory: DQ (China Refurbished??)

I hope this is meaningless...
 

1080p

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Week 4 Jan 2012. White iPad Wi-Fi + 4G
 

rquick

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Mine is 2nd week of January. It also says:

Factory: DQ (China Refurbished??)

I hope this is meaningless...
A refurbished one already? Wow, Apple really is prepared this time.

I bet they are just using the factory that typically refurbishes product to assemble them as a method to increase production.
 

Macdude2010

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I recognize all of these serial numbers back from the backlight bleeding fiasco

First 3 letters are the factory, 4th is the half of the year it was manufactured in, 5th is the week and the last is which iPad you have. Apple kept the same format for this year.

Hope this helps
 

JohnDoe98

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A refurbished one already? Wow, Apple really is prepared this time.

I bet they are just using the factory that typically refurbishes product to assemble them as a method to increase production.
I hope so! Could be that it failed the initial quality inspection and was sent back to be fixed.

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I recognize all of these serial numbers back from the backlight bleeding fiasco

First 3 letters are the factory, 4th is the half of the year it was manufactured in, 5th is the week and the last is which iPad you have. Apple kept the same format for this year.

Hope this helps
I have 9 letters... You only listed 6 here :(
 

rquick

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I hope so! Could be that it failed the initial quality inspection and was sent back to be fixed.

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I doubt that would be it John, but I suppose it could. My first thought is that they really haven't had time for that yet. I would take heart in the fact that it shouldn't matter anyway. I have always heard that Apple refurbished are excellent products. I know a lot of cash strapped college students that have always bought refurbished to save money on Apple products and i have never heard a complaint. So if they took it through a second time, won't it have twice as good of a shot at being perfect?
 

JohnDoe98

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I doubt that would be it John, but I suppose it could. My first thought is that they really haven't had time for that yet. I would take heart in the fact that it shouldn't matter anyway. I have always heard that Apple refurbished are excellent products. I know a lot of cash strapped college students that have always bought refurbished to save money on Apple products and i have never heard a complaint. So if they took it through a second time, won't it have twice as good of a shot at being perfect?
Nice spin! Plus how reliable is that serial checker? But though Apple refurbish is good, why do they sell for less?
 

eq2675

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Production year: 2012
Production week: 5 (February)

Black 16GB ATT
 

MattZani

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Nice spin! Plus how reliable is that serial checker? But though Apple refurbish is good, why do they sell for less?
Because it would be illegal for them to sell as new, and they would never sell if they weren't cheaper...
 

Ford8382

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How do I go about checking my serial number?

Edit: Where do I find it?

Thanks for your help!