Which iPad do I have? It was just called 'iPad' in the shop.

This might seem like an odd question, but Apple has almost always played down the 'version number' side of things with its iPad line of tablets; only the iPad 2, iPad mini 3 and 4 and the iPad Air 2 have had widely advertised numbers - the others have tended to be called just iPad, or 'iPad with Retina display', or a separate brand such as Air, mini or Pro.

There have been a total of 13 iPad models altogether: the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4; the iPad Air and iPad Air 2; the iPad mini, iPad mini 2 with Retina display, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4; the iPad Pro 12.9in and 9.7in; and the 2017 iPad. In this article we'll help you work out which one you've got.

This can be useful information when trying to work out if an app is compatible with your tablet, or if you'll be able to run the next version of iOS, among other things. (It will also be handy if you want to know how much faster the next iPad will be compared to your current experience.)

You might also like our coverage of the latest iPad Pro 2 rumours and iPad mini 5 rumours. And if you're in the market for a new iPad, consider our iPad buying guide 2017, and our roundup of the best iPad deals in the UK.

Model numbers

Your iPad will have a model number marked on the back. The number you're looking for is labelled, sensibly enough, 'Model'. On the iPad below, for example, the model number (shown in the zoomed-in inset at the top right) is A1490, which tells us that it is an iPad mini 2.

Which iPad do I have: iPad mini rear with model number inset

Once you've found your device's model number, you can easily tell which iPad it is by checking it against the following table. We've included other clues which may help if you can't find the model number.

iPad model Version number Notes
iPad (aka iPad 1) A1219 (Wi-Fi version)
A1337 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Old 30-pin port at the bottom. No camera apertures. Only available with black front (back is silver).
iPad 2 A1395 (Wi-Fi version)
A1397 or A1396 (Wi-Fi + cellular versions)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Old 30-pin port. Available with black or white front (back is silver).
iPad (third generation) A1416 (Wi-Fi version)
A1430 or A1403 (Wi-Fi + cellular versions)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Old 30-pin port. Available in black or white.
iPad (fourth generation) A1458 (Wi-Fi version)
A1459 or A1460 (Wi-Fi + cellular versions)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Lightning port at the bottom. Available in black or white.
iPad Air A1474 (Wi-Fi version)
A1475 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Available in black or white.
iPad Air 2 A1566 (Wi-Fi version)
A1567 (Wi-Fi + cellular versions)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Touch ID fingerprint sensor on Home button. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey (black).
iPad mini 1 A1432 (Wi-Fi version)
A1454 or A1455 (Wi-Fi + cellular versions)
Smaller screen (7.9 inches diagonally - about the size of a paperback). Lightning port. Available in black or white.
iPad mini 2 (aka iPad mini with Retina display) A1489 (Wi-Fi version)
A1490 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Smaller screen (7.9 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Available in black or white.
iPad mini 3 A1599 (Wi-Fi version)
A1600 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Smaller screen (7.9 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Touch ID fingerprint sensor on Home button. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey (black).
iPad mini 4 A1538 (Wi-Fi version)
A1550 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Smaller screen (7.9 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Touch ID fingerprint sensor on Home button. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey (black).
iPad Pro 12.9in A1584 (Wi-Fi version)
A1652 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Large screen - 12.9 inches diagonally. Lightning port. There's a smart connector for the Smart Keyboard on the lefthand side. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey (black).
iPad Pro 9.7in A1673 (Wi-Fi version)
A1674 or A1675 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Smart connector for the Smart Keyboard on the left. Available in silver, gold, Space Grey (black) or Rose Gold (pink).
iPad (fifth generation, 2017) A1822 (Wi-Fi version)
A1823 (Wi-Fi + cellular version)
Mid-size screen (9.7 inches diagonally). Lightning port. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey (black).

Lightning and 30-pin docks

A simple way of telling apart certain iPads - particularly the iPad 3 and iPad 4, which are otherwise pretty much identical - is whether they have a Lightning or old 30-pin dock connector at the bottom. Here's what the Lightning port looks like:

Which iPad do I have: iPad Lightning connector

And here's the old 30-pin dock, which is noticeably wider:

Which iPad do I have: iPhone 4 30-pin dock