More and more people are beginning to live their personal and professional lives on smart devices like the iPad and iPhones. With this change in philosophy, the need to recover data from these same iDevices has increased exponentially. The ability to distinguish product versions is important to the recovery process and can be a simple task, but telling the difference between upgrade products in the same device family can be difficult.
Products like the iPhone 4 vs. 4s and the iPad family from iPad 2 forward are so similar that discerning the model type for recovery purposes can be hit or miss without knowing what to look for. Below we will list out several simple ways to identify the version types of Apple’s most similar smart devices.
iPhone 4 GSM and iPhone 4 CDMA
There are two differing versions of iPhone 4 depending on the communication protocols used in your area or by your carrier: GSM or Global System for Mobile Communication and CDMA or Code Division Multiple Access. Each of these iPhone versions can be differentiated by a simple visual scan. When looking at the screen of your iPhone 4, rotate the iPhone right to left and look at the metallic band that wraps around the sides of the phone. On the right side, there will be a small port that will allow access to the SIM card associated with the users phone account. If the SIM card access port is on your iPhone 4 then you have a GSM.
iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
There are three simple ways to distinguish an iPhone 4 from the newer version iPhone 4S. The most expedient way to discern if your phone is a 4 or 4S is to ask yourself if your iPhone 4 has Siri. If you do, then the iPhone you own is a 4S. The next way to identify an iPhone 4 from the 4S is visual. All version of the iPhone 4S have four antenna breaks in the metallic band the wraps the outside of the phone with two on both the right and left sides near the corners. This is also true of iPhone 4 CDMA versions. The only iPhone 4 version to have three antenna breaks is the GSM version and there re no versions of the 4S that use the three-antenna break style.
The last way to identify the type of iPhone 4 that you own is the compare model numbers. The model number can be found on the back of your phone near the bottom side. The model numbers are specific to the three types of iPhone 4s with A1332 assigned to the GSM style iPhone 4, A1349 assigned to the CDMA style iPhone 4, and A1387 assigned to the iPhone 4S.
iPad 2 vs iPad 3 vs iPad 4
The newest iPad, the iPad with Retina Display or iPad 4, is the simplest to distinguish from the previous versions of the iPad. The first way to know if you have an iPad 4 is to look for Siri, as Siri is only available on the iPad 4. Next, the iPad 4 has a completely different style of charging cord from the previous versions of iPad. If the charging cord for your iPad is less than 1/2 inch wide then you have a Lightning connector and your iPad is an iPad 4.
The differences between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 are much more subtle. The first way to distinguish an iPad 2 from the iPad 3 is to look at the size of the camera lens on the back of the iPad. An iPad 2 lens is 5.5mm while the iPad 3 lens is 6.9mm. This is not a large difference, but the size is noticeable when compared to a different style iPad. An easier way to tell the difference between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 is to look for the "Voice Dictation" key on the screen keyboard. If your iPad has a "Voice Dictation" key then you own an iPad 3. The last way to identify the type of iPad that you own is to look at the model numbers located on the lower back of your iPad.
If you own an iPad 1, your model numbers will be A1219 and A1337. If you own an iPad 2, your model numbers will be A1395, A1396, and A1397. If you own an iPad 3, your model numbers will be A1416, A1403, and A1430. If you own an iPad with Retina display or iPad 4, your model numbers will be A1458, A1459, and A1460.