Have you ever wondered what the random array of letters and numbers stand for in an iPhone’s serial number? Well then you may be surprised that the code is not just random characters but it actually contains some very interesting information about the device itself.
OSXDaily recently posted a legend of what each set of letters and numbers in an iPhone’s serial number mean. You can tell when the device was manufactured, what size the device’s hard drive is, and more; check it out below.
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 (but unrelated to UDID)
- EE = Color of device
- F = Size of storage, S is 16GB and T is 32GB
If you have an iPhone 4 CDMA or an iPhone 4S, the code may be different from the ones listed above. Here are the three digit suffixes for iPhones that do fall into the readability list:
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)
This is a cool little tip that allows you to do a little bit of research on your device.