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I see different model #'s some are MLON2LL/A and others are A1416?

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A numbers are model numbers on the back of device

M numbers are SKU with different configs (in Settings - General - About)

I am not 100% sure, but N numbers (in Settings) means refurbished

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Mar 1, 2018 4:10 AM in response to HS_Tech In response to HS_Tech

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Any reason why a difference in the format of the model #, M**** and A**** ?

The "A****" is Apple's model number as Demo described.


The "M****" is Apple's order number.


I'm not clear on the exact difference, but I did find a writeup about it here:

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/ipod/ipod-faq/ipod-nano-mini-shuffle-apple-mo del-numbers.html


Following up on Demo's comment about refurbished iOS devices, I believe their order number starts with "N" consistently.

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Feb 28, 2018 10:48 AM in response to HS_Tech In response to HS_Tech

HS_Tech wrote:


I see different model #'s some are MLON2LL/A and others are A1416?

The MLON2LL/A is an iPad Pro. The A1416 is an iPad 3rd generation.


Refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 128GB - Space Gray - Apple


Identify your iPad model - Apple Support

Feb 28, 2018 10:48 AM

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Feb 28, 2018 2:09 PM in response to HS_Tech In response to HS_Tech

Frankly, I don't know why Apple uses two different model numbers. This briefly talks about the two different model numbers for each device.

How to Find Your iPad's Model Number


Apple uses the A+4digits model numbers on their website to identify each one.

Identify your iPad model - Apple Support


I used to be under the impression that refurbs had a letter at the end that identified them as such and that one of the letters indicated what part of the world the device was made or shipped in, but I can't find any documentation to support that. That is where this model number would come into play. MLON2LL/A

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Mar 1, 2018 4:10 AM in response to HS_Tech In response to HS_Tech

HS_Tech wrote:


Any reason why a difference in the format of the model #, M**** and A**** ?

The "A****" is Apple's model number as Demo described.


The "M****" is Apple's order number.


I'm not clear on the exact difference, but I did find a writeup about it here:

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/ipod/ipod-faq/ipod-nano-mini-shuffle-apple-mo del-numbers.html


Following up on Demo's comment about refurbished iOS devices, I believe their order number starts with "N" consistently.

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Mar 1, 2018 12:55 PM in response to Demo In response to Demo

Yes, I still don't really understand why there are two different numbers.


On thinking about it, I think I misstated the "N" meaning at the beginning of an order number. I said the "N" was for refurbished devices. I now think the "N" is for replacement devices given out by Apple Stores or AASPs that replace returned defective devices. Sorry about the mistake.

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