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How Can I Find Out Which iPad I Have?

Apple Ipad Mini

If only it were as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4 … Apple go to great lengths to confuse us when it comes to iPad’s don’t they? Yet it all started off so straightforward with the iPad 1 and 2.

However, the introduction of the third iPad soon had people scratching their heads with confusion.

The iPad 3 is officially called “The New iPad”, which we could live with at the time. That was until the the iPad 4 was pushed into the market in November 2012, which made the new iPad the old iPad!? The iPad 4 is officially labeled as “The iPad with Retina Display”.

However the confusing thing here is that the iPad 3 (aka the New iPad) already had Retina Display, so really the iPad 4 (aka The Retina Display) should have been labelled as The iPad with Lightning Connector.

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Finding out the Storage

If you are unclear on what memory your iPad holds then there is one really simple way to find out. Flip your iPad over so you are now looking at the back.

Near the bottom under the Apple logo, and under the words ‘iPad’ you will see “16GB”, “32GB” or “64GB”.

 Back of an iPad

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Check The Model Number

iPad Model Numbers

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iPad (1st Generation)

Discontinued

Release Dates:

April 3, 2010 (Wi-Fi) – United States
April 30, 2010 (Wi-Fi + 3G)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi & 3G

Apple iPad

Specifications:

Chip Used: Apple A4

CPU: 1 GHz

Memory: 256 MB DDR2 RAM

Display: 1024 × 768 px 132 PPI 4:3

Dimensions: 9.56 in (243 mm) (h), 7.47 in (190 mm) (w), 0.50 in (13 mm) (d)

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iPad 2 (2nd Generation)

16GB Still Available

32GB & 64GB Discontinued in March 2012

Release Dates:

March 11, 2011 (United States)
March 25, 2011 (International)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi & 3G

Apple iPad 2

Specifications:

Chip Used: Apple A5

CPU: 1 GHz dual-core

Memory: 512 MB DDR2 RAM

Display: 1024 × 768 px 132 PPI 4:3

Dimensions: 9.50 in (241 mm) (h), 7.31 in (186 mm) (w), 0.34 in (8.6 mm) (d)

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The New iPad (3rd Generation)

Release Dates:

March 16, 2012

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi & 4G

Apple iPad 3

Specifications:

Chip Used: Apple A5X

CPU: 1 GHz 1 GHz dual-core

Memory: 1024 MB DDR2

Display: 2048×1536 px 264 PPI

Dimensions: 9.50 in (241 mm) (h), 7.31 in (186 mm) (w), 0.37 in (9.4 mm) (d)

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iPad with Retina (4th Generation)

Release Dates:

November 2, 2012

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi & 4G

Apple iPad 4

Specifications:
Chip Used: Apple A6X
CPU: 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz dual-core
Memory: 1024 MB DDR2
Display: 2048×1536 px 264 PPI
Dimensions: 9.50 in (241 mm) (h), 7.31 in (186 mm) (w), 0.37 in (9.4 mm) (d)

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iPad Mini

Release Dates:

November 2, 2012

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi & 4G

Apple Ipad Mini

Specifications:
Chip Used: Apple A5
CPU: 1 GHz 1 GHz dual-core
Memory: 512 MB DDR2 RAM
Display: 1,024×768 px 163 PPI
Dimensions: 7.87 in (200 mm) (h), 5.3 in (130 mm) (w), 28 in (710 mm) (d)
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