Know your iPhone Model

Your iPhone model number is important when buying accessories for your iPhone or if you want to determine if a capability, e.g. Thumb ID security, can be implemented on your iPhone.  Over the years Apple continues to add new capabilities to every new model of iPhone and knowing your iPhone model will help to be good iPhone consumer.

How to Identify your iPhone Model

Method 1:  If you have kept the original Apple box for your iPhone, the model is clearly identified on the side of the box. (see #1 below)

Method #3: If you do not have the original box for your iPhone, you will look on the lower part of the back cover of your iphone (#2 above) for a model number.  The number is small and will likely require a magnifying glass to see.  Find the numbers and letters following the word “Model.”  


Use this number to look on the chart below to identify your iPhone model:


Model Model Number on the back cover Year Released
iPhone A1203 2007
iPhone 3G A1241 2008
iPhone 3GS A1303 2009
iPhone 4 A1332, A1349 2010
iPhone 4S A1387 2011
iPhone 5 A1428, A1429 2012
iPhone 5c A1456, A1507, A1526, A1529, A1532 2013
iPhone 5s A1453, A1457, A1528, A1530, A1533 2013
iPhone 6 A1549, A1586, A1589 2014
iPhone 6 Plus A1522, A1524, A1593 2014
iPhone 6s A1633, A1688 2015
iPhone 6s Plus A1634, A1687 2015
iPhone SE A1723, A1662 or A1724 2016
iPhone 7 A1660, A1778 2016
iPhone 7 Plus A1661, A1784, 2016


If the model number from the back of your iPhone is A1633 you can identify that your phone is an iPhone 6s which was released in 2015.  


Use this information when buying accessories for the phone or as you learn about new features that might have been added to this model.

Additional Resources:


Wikipedia: List of IOS devices
Apple:  Identify your iPhone model