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Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by mrgooch, Aug 11, 2012.
How do we identify the new version from version 2?
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.
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.
If you have a serial number to look up:
Lookup Mac Specs By Serial Number, Order, Model & EMC Number, Model ID @ EveryMac.com
Note that it says to enter only the last three or four digits, not the entire number.
Is there any "outward" sign of difference i.e. different printing on back etc?
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.
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.
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.
@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!!
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.