What iPhone is this? So you can know the exact model — 2022

If you're not too into the world of Apple to know how to differentiate between their iPhones at a glance, don't worry. In this post we will teach you how to identify the exact model, either physically or through other methods. Very useful if you have found an iPhone out there or it has been given to you second-hand and you don't know exactly which one it is.

From the settings of the iPhone itself

If seeing the above images and descriptions is not enough for you to identify the iPhone, there is a quick and concise way to find out what device you have. For this you must follow the path Settings > General > Information. Here the exact name of the phone model will appear, accompanied by other very useful information such as the software version installed, the serial number or the songs, photos and applications installed.

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Of course, do not confuse the section model name with Name, since this section refers to the personalized name that has been given to the device. Normally this is usually the iPhone of (name), although if you click on it you can change it to any other you want. If you have several iPhones, it is recommended that you put the specific model so as not to confuse them.

Main physical differences between iPhone

There are some iPhone generations that are very similar to each other and despite the fact that they may share great differences in terms of features or internal components, in this article we will show you the necessary keys to finally distinguish them.

iPhone original (2G)

iphone 2g original

If you have an original iPhone, the one launched in 2007, you have a real treasure at the collecting level. You can differentiate this phone by being the only one with a combination of materials and colors as in the previous photo. The colors black and gray are protagonists of the body of this device. The screen is 3.5 inches, which in centimeters would be 8.89. If you have a ruler or meter handy, it would be interesting to measure it, since if the iPhone was modified at the design level it could be a way to detect that it is the original (although you should not confuse it with subsequent generations that mount identical screens ).

iPhone 3G and 3GS

iphone 3g and 3gs

If your phone has a curved design in plastic materials and a single color in its body, there is no doubt that you are facing an iPhone 3G or 3GS. If it is also colored white there is no doubt that it is the 3GS, but if it is black it could be any of them. Unfortunately it will be difficult to verify, so you will have to go to an authorized technical support to verify it. These terminals really have few differences at the hardware level and at the visual level it is impossible to distinguish them.

iPhone 4 y 4s

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The iPhone 4 and 4s are, as you can see in the image, single-body devices that mix glass on the back and front with the aluminum on the edges. It can be black or white, if it is any other color it is ruled out that it is one of them. However, the physical differences between them are almost non-existent, except for one small detail. If you look at the phone in profile you will find that the 4s model has two antenna lines, while the 4 only has one. It is also visible at the top. To see it more clearly, look at the following image.

difference iphone 4 and 4s

iPhone 5, 5s, 5c and SE (2016)

iphone 5 5s 5c

Let's be practical and accurate, if your device is from a full plastic body and one color As seen in the image, it is a iPhone 5c . This team can be colored white, pink, yellow, blue or green . You can also know why its construction materials are of plastic , something that is already perceptible from the moment it is held in hand.

Now, to differentiate iPhone 5 of a iPhone 5s You will have to check the front of these, specifically the Home button. If this has the classic button with a kind of square drawn in the center it will be 5, while if it is uniform and with Touch ID it will be a 5s. If your phone has a body like 5s, please check the part rear , since it could incorporate a print that reads I KNOW , in which case you would be facing this terminal launched by Apple in 2016.

iPhone 6/6 Plus y 6s / 6s Plus

As you will see in the images, the iPhone 6 and 6s (including their 'Plus' versions) are identical in terms of design. Normal models have dimensions of 13.81 x 6.7 x 0.69 centimeters in relation to height, width and thickness. The dimensions of the ‘Plus’ models are 15.81 x 7.78 x 0.71 centimeters . Once you have differentiated the size, you will be able to find out if it is a 6 or 6s version by looking at the back, since in the 's' models that letter appears precisely printed in a box. If this impression does not appear, it will be an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

These devices are also differentiated by colors, since the 6 models come in silver, space gray or gold, while the 6s version incorporates a color pink gold , which can be decisive to verify which generation of smartphone you have.

iPhone 7/7 Plus, 8/8 Plus and SE (2020)

Again we find two different generations of iPhone but a similar design between them. Small single-chamber versions with dimensions of 13.83 cm x 6.7 x 0.71 centimeters in terms of width, height and thickness. While the 'Plus' models differ by having a double camera and dimensions of 6.25' x 3' x 0.30'

Once the size has been identified, which will tell you if it is 'Plus' or not, it is time to find out if it is a 7 or 8. To do this, you only have to look at the construction material. If it is aluminum it will be an iPhone 7/7 Plus and if it is from crystal it will be an 8/8 Plus. You can also try putting them on a charging base and if it charges, it will be an 8, since it is the only one of both generations with wireless charging capacity.

There is an exception regarding materials that may perhaps generate doubts, and we refer to the iPhone 7 jet black , also known as glossy black. This gives the feeling of being made of glass like the black iPhone 8, but it really has a much darker tint that will serve to differentiate it.

iphone SE colors

To identify the iPhone SE 2020 just look at the apple position In the back. If the logo is in the center of the terminal, there is no doubt, it is about this device.

iPhone X, XS and XS Max

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Let's start with the measurements, the iPhone X and XS They have dimensions of 14.3 x 7.1 x 0.7 centimeters tall, wide and thick. If your phone measures more, it is a XS Max, but if you measure that you will have to differentiate if it is one generation or another. To do this, simply look at the bottom of the device, right where a speaker and microphone. If the device has only four holes on one side, it will be an XS and if it has the same holes on both sides, it will be an iPhone X.

Another aspect to take into account is that if the iPhone is from Golden colour , it may not be an iPhone X, but an XS or XS Max. This color was one of the few novelties that we saw between one generation and another, and in fact it was the only physical difference between them except for what was mentioned about the speaker.

iPhone XR

Does the iPhone have 'notch' and a single camera ? There is no doubt, this is an iPhone XR. Remember that we call the black element that is located in the upper central part of the screen and in which the camera, speaker and facial unlock sensors are housed 'notch'. This is the only iPhone model with a wide color gamut, a single camera and updated front design to a panel with hardly any frames and the characteristic eyebrow that Apple equipment carries.

It should be noted that the colors in which this iPhone XR is are white, black, blue, coral, yellow and red. Precisely coral is the exclusive color that this generation has and that the following phones of the brand did not incorporate. It is an orange tone that can be perfectly differentiated from the red color, which is much more intense in this model.

iPhone 11

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There is no better way to spot an iPhone 11 than by looking at a photo of it. Although this device has a double camera like other previous iPhones, it has them separated and within a square encapsulation like the one you can see in the picture. Its resemblance to the iPhone 12 is remarkable because in general terms they can be confused, but this one is larger, has much more pronounced frames on the screen and also incorporates some curved sides as design difference with those newer generations.

Like the XR, this incorporates a color palette that can also be differential, with color tones white, black, red, yellow, violet or green. If the device is yellow or a green with that tone: do not hesitate, it is an iPhone 11. These are colors that the iPhone 12 does not incorporate and therefore leaves no room for doubt.

iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro

Clear and simple, if your iPhone has three cameras on the back and has curved edges, it is an iPhone 11 Pro. Now you will have to know if it is the Pro or Pro Max version. To do this you will only have to have a ruler, meter or any other measuring tool at hand. If the phone measures 15.8 x 7.78 x 0.8 centimeters tall, wide and thick you will be before the 'Max' model. If, on the other hand, your measurements are 14.4 x 7.14 x 0.8 centimeters you will be facing the small 'Pro' model.

iPhone 12 and 12mini

iPhone 12

These devices maintain a more or less similar appearance to the iPhone 11 models, with a front part with the particular eyebrow in which Face ID is housed and a rear part in which we find a double camera. However, the key is the sides , since these are not curved but straight, as it was in the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s and 5c. To differentiate one from the other, just look at the measurements and the iPhone 12 has measurements of 14.67 x 7.15 x 0.74 centimeters tall, wide and thick while maintaining a weight of 162 grams. The iPhone 12 mini for its part has measurements that would correspond to 13.15 x 6.42 x 0.74 centimeters with 133 grams of weight.

iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

As with the previous ones, these are very similar to the iPhone 11 Pro on the front and back. The main changes are that at the rear they have a sensor LiDAR integrated into the camera module, while also having flattened sides with rounded curves. The measurements of the ‘Pro’ model are 14,67 x 7,15 x 0,74 tall, wide and thick, weighing 187 grams. The 'Pro Max' model for its part measures 16.08 x 7.81 x 0.74 centimeters and has a weight of 226 grams.

If you don't have the iPhone at hand

in the original box

If for whatever reason, you cannot access the iPhone, you can find out the exact model by accessing the original box it came in when purchased. In the most recent devices, regardless of the model, the iPhone serigraphy appears on the boxes with no other apparent information. However, more information can be found at the back part Of the same.

If you look at the back, you will see that there is a sticker on which data appears with information which can be very useful for users. In addition to the name, you will also be able to see the storage capacity it has, as well as the serial number, IMEI, legal markings and content that was originally included in the box with the device.

From an iPad, iPod touch, or another iPhone

If you have an iPad, iPod touch or another iPhone at your disposal, they can also help you identify the iPhone model you want to know about. To have signed in with the same Apple ID that in said iPhone it will be strictly necessary to be able to follow these steps. If so, you just have to go on that device to Adjust > you number and locate the iPhone in the list of devices. Above it will appear the name assigned to the terminal and below, in a lighter color, the model in question.

From a Mac or Windows PC

In the same way that an iPad, iPod, or other iPhone can be a key to identifying an iPhone, so can Mac or Windows computers. In case you have a Mac you must be logged in with the same Apple ID and access their settings from System preferences. Once you are in that section you will find the iPhone in the list of devices.

If you are going to use a PC Windows or a Mac computer where you're not signed in with the same Apple ID, you'll need to go to the Apple ID website from any browser. Once you enter your login details you will be able to find the iPhone in a list of devices associated with your account.