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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
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    Default 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)
    While this won’t help you do anything new with your iPhone, it’s interesting to know exactly what goes into the construction of a serial number.

    Source: OSX Daily

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    How in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    How in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?

    I don't get all the negativity here. But if you really need someone to break it down for you... this isn't news. It's just an interesting tidbit that most people aren't aware of. Everyone knows what serial numbers are. Calm down geek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    how in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?
    so, its a slow news day... Information like this might not be useful to everyone, but stuff like this is still interesting... You threw in your 2 cents, i threw in mine

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    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 01:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
    On the 4s there is one more digit and I have a 9 where the year is so that's not the year
    Read the whole post and you'll see the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    How in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?
    Sigh, not every company that uses serial numbers uses them in this fashion.

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    Well, I didn't know this before, so now I've learned something. thanks for the article

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekwiz View Post
    Sigh, not every company that uses serial numbers uses them in this fashion.
    Of course they do. As he/she said that's the whole point of serial numbers. They obviously don't have the same lenght, format and algorithm across manufacturers but the concept remains the same.

    For anybody interested in that info for all Apple products:
    http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/

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    This article may not have much use for me but at least it gives me something to do for 5 minutes.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    How in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?
    Mind if I ask why you clicked on this article? I mean the title states obviously what it's about and you clicked it and replied... It must of been interesting enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    How in gods name is this news? What do you think the entire concept of serial numbers are for?
    You will not be left alone in the dark my friend. I agree with you 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by elite_jounin View Post
    You will not be left alone in the dark my friend. I agree with you 100%
    I mean sure, it's not news worthy but it's good to know and it should be in another section of MMi.
    Sent from my iPhone 4.

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    I think this is pretty interesting
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    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?

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    "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.

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    iPod touch follows it about the same but there are a couple of differences. Mine for example was made on a Wednesday.

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    Yeah, this is a bit... dry.

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