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

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  1. eq2675 macrumors regular

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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?
     
  2. citivolus macrumors 6502a

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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... :)
     
  3. reclusive46 macrumors 65816

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    Mine is DLXH. Seems to be different than before. Mine is a 32Gb Black 4G.
     
  4. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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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
     
  5. jlsm511, Mar 12, 2012
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    I have a week 7 (February '12) model: 32GB White WiFi
     
  7. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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

    Factory: DQ (China Refurbished??)

    I hope this is meaningless...
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B179 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Week 4 Jan 2012. White iPad Wi-Fi + 4G
     
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  11. keantan, Mar 12, 2012
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    Week 5 - White 64GB WiFi+4G from China (Foxconn).
     
  12. rquick macrumors regular

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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.
     
  13. Macdude2010 macrumors 65816

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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
     
  14. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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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 have 9 letters... You only listed 6 here :(
     
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    the rest is information about what model iPad you have
     
  17. rquick macrumors regular

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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?
     
  18. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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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?
     
  19. eq2675 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Production year: 2012
    Production week: 5 (February)

    Black 16GB ATT
     
  20. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Because it would be illegal for them to sell as new, and they would never sell if they weren't cheaper...
     
  21. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a

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    Week 8 -- Feb 2012
    Factory -- Foxconn

    White 16GB WiFi only.
     
  22. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Ah yay, mine was made in March :) Week 9 here from the Foxconn factory
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B179 Safari/7534.48.3)

    How do I go about checking my serial number?

    Edit: Where do I find it?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    32GB Black WI-FI week 7 (Feb2012) from Foxconn factory.
     

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