Identify New ipad from version 2

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    How do we identify the new version from version 2?
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    Physically? I don't think it's apparent to the eye even though there is a slight difference. Enough to make me get a new case.
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    Look at the screens. The text on the new iPad is much, much sharper. You can also take a screen shot and look at the number of pixels in the image file (2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768). That is a dead giveaway too. And of course the new ipad is slightly heavier than the 2011 model.

    Of course, I'm assuming you're talking about an iPad that is not in the box. If it is inside the box, you can look at part numbers. They are different between the two devices. I don't have that info handy, but I have seen it posted here.
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    Is there any "outward" sign of difference i.e. different printing on back etc?
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    Earth calling... Why do we need to know which iPad the guy at the bus stop is holding? Unless we are about to repair one, but that's a different story.
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    What makes you think that's why people are asking? Your remark seems from a planet other than Earth, lol. There are people who buy secondhand who probably want some way to confirm which model they're buying, for instance.
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    You might want to take a look at this article and pay extra attention to the physical differences indicated in the table. For example, as shown in the table, the Ipad 3 is thicker compared to the Ipad 2 due to the Ipad 3's larger battery.
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    @theTIMO - no help whatsoever - so why even bother posting? - maybe you just want to increase your "novice" score?
    @coolstuffs - thanks but specs comparisons have always been easy to obtain but of no use when I don't have both ipads at the front of me.
    @Kaykaykay - thank you for your comments above.

    If I am buying second hand - and in bulk as I do - then I need to be able to tell quickly and easily which "generation" I am looking at - I guess I am going to have to carry a micrometer to check the thickness of each iPad - not a pleasant job if I have a pile of 200 to check!!
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    It's true that there are minor outward differences, but if you don't have two iPads to compare or cannot recognize a retina screen, then your best bet is to check the serial number. That's if you need to know for sure. If I'm just being nosy, I just ask someone whether they've got an iPad 2 or the new iPad, lol.
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    I'm not sure if every Ipad 3 and Ipad 2 have the same serial numbers. Tell me if I'm wrong, as far as I know, devices have different serial numbers. That is no two devices of the same model have the same sereal numbers. A Serial number can't be be determined easily unless you have phycially in front of you the device or the pertinent documentation is available. Even the manufacturer will not be able to provide you one if you did not register. Perhaps you're referring to the model number and not the serial number. Model number and serial number are two different information. The model number might be the quickest way of knowing the difference. But then again is it readily available? Whether you use the serial number or model number how will you verify them without the device physically in front of you? Granting that you have 200 of them how will you determine QUICKLY AND EASILY that what you have are really the devices that you bought?
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    Are you sure that my Ipad3 and your Ipad 3 have the same serial number?
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    I think the easiest way to tell the two apart is the display resolution. You can easily see the pixels in an iPad 2 display,while the pixels in the iPad 3 display are too small to see without magnification.
    Here is an excellent thread that explains exactly how to tell which iPad you have.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4047181?start=0&tstart=0
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    I agree. However, as pointed out by the scenario of Ziffos, this can't be done because these devices are not physically in front of you. Granting that it is physically available, with 200 of them as stated in the scenario, will it be QUICK and EASY to verify the resolution? Perhaps Ziffos should open a new thread with the same question and adding the specifics of what he wants for the answer.:)
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    The OP of this thread made no mention of not having the iPads in front of him. This possible scenario was postulated by a Kaykaykay,later poster in this thread.
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    You're right. My apologies!:)

    Note: Corrections have been made.
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    I think the answers supplied so far in this thread will enable the OP to tell what version he has,whatever his situation.
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    If you have to check in bulk you need to look at the back of each iPad at the model number, and use the info in the link that scifan57 gives above. At lot of work, but that's how it goes.
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    I agree. The easiest way is to use the model number but definitely not the serial number as suggested earlier for bulk inspection purposes. One suggestion that I can make, to make the job easier, is to just look for the model number at the box (if the box is provided) instead of openning it up and look for the number in the device themselves. For those with slightly impaired vision though they would need a magnifying glass to see the small prints.:)
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    Duh, of course every iPad has its own serial number. Otherwise it wouldn't be a serial number. I posted a link above that lets anyone enter serial number, model number, etc., and find out exactly what iPad you're looking at. A serial number is a sure-fire way to check, which is why I suggested it. Up to users whether they want to use that, of course.

    The serial and model numbers are on the back of every iPad, as well as viewable in Settings.

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