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 Apple.com, 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:
|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)|
|DN||Austria, Germany, Netherlands|
|FD||Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland|
|LA||Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru|
|LL||USA, Canada, also used for some replacement units|
|LZ||Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay|
|MO||Macau, Hong Kong(?)|
|NF||Belgium, France, Luxembourg|
|X||Australia, New Zealand|
|ZP||Hong Kong, Macau|
The first 5 letters made up the version identifier, including the Generation, Storage, and Color.
You can check the table here: https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/Models#iPhone