Apple’s naming system for their iPads seems to change year to year, making it really hard to identify your iPad. Case in point is the iPad released in March 2017, which has no number or name at all to differentiate it from other models. It’s also quite similar to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which was released exactly one year earlier.
For the sake of simplicity, we’re calling these two models the iPad (2017) and the 9.7″ iPad Pro. Here’s how you can quickly and easily tell them apart.
1. Look for the flash
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, released in 2016, comes with the best rear camera yet on an iPad model. Most notably, its rear camera has a flash, a little shiny circular aperture below the camera lens. By contrast, the newer 9.7-inch iPad has no flash on its rear camera.
2. Look for the smart connector
The iPad Pro has one more port than other iPad models: the Smart Connector. You can find this on the left side of the iPad (when looking from the front), and it looks like three metallic circles in a line. If there’s no smart connector, you’ve probably got the new iPad (2017); if it does have smart connectors then it must be the iPad Pro 9.7.
2. Check the model number
If you look at the bottom centre of the back of the iPad (as illustrated above), you should be able to find a model number. This is the most dependable way to 100% identify a mystery iPad.
The new iPad (2017) will have the model number A1822 or A1823, while the iPad Pro 9.7 has the number A1673 or A1675.
For the full table of iPad model numbers, check out our ‘How to identify your iPad’ guide.
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