Rookie Geek: Identify your iPhone model – iPhone Model Number Analysis

If you are about to buy a new iPhone online or just exploring your iPhone, you may find “Model” (Settings – General – About) is pretty confusing.

For example, the “Model” of your iPhone 6 could be “A1586″(We call it “A Number”) or “MG472LL/A”(We call it “M Number” or “SKU Number”). Click to switch between them. But, what does it mean?

What does the A Number tell us?

Let’s take iPhone 6 as an example. According to, the A Number of an iPhone 6 could be one of these:

A1549 – North America (MG4P2LL/A*) or Verizon Locked(MG5X2LL/A*)
A1586 – Sprint Locked/Global Unlocked (MG6A2LL/A*)
A1589 – China Mobile Locked

As you can see, each “A Number” is unnecessarily corresponding to only one version of iPhone. But they share the same “generation” (iPhone 6). They are too vague to be used to identify the tech specs, sometime.

So, how about M(SKU) Number?

The most informative parts are the head and the tail. Let’s take “MG472LL/A” as an example.

First Letter – Product Type

M – Retail
F – Refurbished
N – Replacement
P – Personalized (engraved)

The Tail – Region

LL/A is the tail part, but the /A is useless to us. We have a table for you to find the region your iPhone belongs to:

Code Region
AB Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
B Ireland, UK, also used for some replacement units
BR Brazil (Assembled in Brazil)
BZ Brazil (Assembled in China)
C Canada
CL Canada
CH China
CZ Czech Republic
D Germany
DN Austria, Germany, Netherlands
E Mexico
EE Estonia
FB France, Luxembourg
FD Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
GR Greece
HN India
IP Italy
HB Israel
J Japan
KH Korea
KN Norway
KS Finland, Sweden
LA Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru
LE Argentina
LL USA, Canada, also used for some replacement units
LZ Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
MG Hungary
MO Macau, Hong Kong(?)
MY Malaysia
NF Belgium, France, Luxembourg
PL Poland
PO Portugal
PP Philippines
RO Romania
RS Russia
SL Slovakia
SO South Africa
T Italy
TA Taiwan
TU Turkey
TY Italy
VC Canada
X Australia, New Zealand
Y Spain
ZA Singapore
ZP Hong Kong, Macau

Corresponding Relation

The first 5 letters made up the version identifier, including the Generation, Storage, and Color.

You can check the table here:


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