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01-27-2012, 01:26 PM #1
What Your iPhone's Serial Number Really Means
The seemingly random grouping of numbers stamped on the back of your iPhone called a serial number actually means something according to OSX Daily.
OSX Daily has published a guide that breaks down what the dutch all those numbers actually mean. From the serial number owners can tell what week their device was manufactured, the hard drive size, the production year and even the factory and machine ID.
Serial numbers come in the form AABCCDDDEEF which can be read as follows:
- AA = Factory and machine ID
- B = Year manufactured (simplified to final digit, 2010 is 0, 2011 is 1, etc)
- CC = Week of production
- DDD = Unique identifier (not the same as UDID)
- EE = Color of device
- F = Size of storage, S is 16GB and T is 32GB
Older models like the 3GS have a slightly different reference model changing the letters associated with hard drive size etc. The serial numbers for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 CDMA versions don’t follow this patter either. OSX Daily issued the following list of devices that follow the above format.
- VR0 (iPhone 2G Silver 4GB)
- WH8 (iPhone 2G Silver 8GB)
- 0KH (iPhone 2G Silver 16GB)
- Y7H (iPhone 3G Black 8GB)
- Y7K (iPhone 3G Black 16GB)
- 3NP (iPhone 3GS Black 16GB)
- 3NR (iPhone 3GS Black 32GB)
- 3NQ (iPhone 3Gs White 16GB)
- 3NS (iPhone 3Gs White 32GB)
- A4S (iPhone 4 Black 16GB)
- A4T (iPhone 4 Black 32GB)
Source: OSX Daily
01-27-2012, 01:30 PM #2
How in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?
01-27-2012, 01:43 PM #3
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01-27-2012, 01:52 PM #4
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01-27-2012, 02:09 PM #6
According to this, my white iPhone 4s was made in 2009. That doesn't seem very possible.
Edit: never mind. I read further.
Last edited by justibackwardsn; 01-27-2012 at 02:13 PM.
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01-27-2012, 02:27 PM #9
Well, I didn't know this before, so now I've learned something. thanks for the article
01-27-2012, 02:41 PM #10
For anybody interested in that info for all Apple products:
01-27-2012, 02:49 PM #11
This article may not have much use for me but at least it gives me something to do for 5 minutes.
01-27-2012, 03:06 PM #12
Funny how there is a serial number for each phone but when your phone is stolen apple can't do anything a out it. You can erase and restore using someone else's apple ID but serial number is still the same.
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01-27-2012, 04:17 PM #16
I think this is pretty interesting(null)
01-27-2012, 04:20 PM #17
Do you even own an iPhone?
"The seemingly random grouping of numbers stamped on the back of your iPhone called a serial number actually means something"
Where exactly is that again?
01-27-2012, 04:24 PM #18
"Hard drive size?" Seriously? Follow the lead of the one who you are quoting: STORAGE. It's a catch-all for HDD, SSD, NAND, etc which still doesn't confuse with system memory.
01-27-2012, 04:59 PM #19
iPod touch follows it about the same but there are a couple of differences. Mine for example was made on a Wednesday.
01-27-2012, 05:36 PM #20
Yeah, this is a bit... dry.