Find Out Your iPod Model

How to define your iPod model by the model number and some other features?

Here are some of the existing iPod models to keep in mind:

  • iPod Touch;
  • iPod Nano;
  • iPod Shuffle;
  • iPod Mini;
  • iPod;

If you wonder what the difference is, have a look at the brief descriptions of some models below. They will help to identify your specific device.

iPod touch (6th generation)

ipod touch 6th gen

The model possesses a multi-touch display. It is available in several capacities: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB. It was introduced in July 2015. The model number is A1574.

The specific features include a FaceTime HD camera and an iSight one.

This model was released in 5 different colors. The primary version is a red one.

iPod touch (5th generation)

ipod touch 5th second release

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • A1509: 2014-06
  • A1421: 2013-05
  • A1421: 2012-10

This model possesses a multi-touch display as well. The available capacities are 16, 32, and 64 gigabytes. The model was initially introduced in October 2012; then, a May edition of 2013 came out; finally, they released one more type in June 2014.

Like the 6th generation, this one has a built-in FaceTime and iSight cameras as well. The touch loop comes along with the 32/64 GB models. You can choose one of 5 colors.

iPod touch (5th generation 16 GB, Mid 2013)

ipod touch 5th gen

One more model with multi-touch display. The capacity is only a 16 gigabytes. It was released in May 2013. Model number A1509. It appears in silver color. It has no iSight, but a FaceTime camera.

iPod touch (4th generation)

ipod touch 4th gen

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • A1367: 2012-10
  • A1367: 2011-10
  • A1367: 2010-09

A type of navigation on this device is a multi-touch display. There are several types of capacity: 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB. The model numbers were released in 2010, 2011, and 2012; September, October, and October respectively.

Like the first couple of models, this model possesses the same integrated cameras.

You may choose between black and white models of the 4th generation.

iPod touch (3rd generation)

ipod touch 3rd gen

Model number and date introduced: A1318: 2009-09

The model has a multi-touch display. The capacity is 32/64 gigabytes. It was introduced in September 2009. A three and a half-inch widescreen multi-touch is inserted. The user may choose between a 32 and 64 GB drive.

Have a look at the back of the 3rd generation iPod to make sure you have exactly this model. You will find the corresponding number below the engraving.

iPod touch (2nd generation)

ipod touch 2nd gen

Once again, the model has a multiple touch display. There are three types of capacity: per 8, 16, and 32 gigabytes.

The world first met the model in September 2008. There were 2 model numbers: A1288 and A1319 (for China).

The diagonal widescreen is the same size as the 3rd generation model. The flash drive is available at 8, 16, and 32 GB.

In order to make a difference between the similar models, pay attention to the contoured shape. It also has an antenna in the form of the circle in the upper-left corner.

iPod touch

ipod touch

As for the navigation, this model has a multi-touch display. The capacity equals to 8, 16, and 32 gigabytes respectively. The company released this product in September and February 2007 (A1213) and 2008 years respectively.

The size of the widescreen Multi-Touch display is the same as a 2nd generation has. A user may choose between the 8, 16, and 32 GB flash drives. It is possible to browse the Internet using Safari. Discover, listen partially, and purchase audio tracks that you like directly from the iTunes store. Users can also view YouTube video files on the Wi-Fi iPod.

iPod nano (7th generation Mid 2015)

ipod nano mid 2015

The navigation is multiple-touch display. The only available capacity is 16 GB. It was introduced in July 2015. Model number A1446. You may choose between 5 exciting colors.

iPod nano (7th generation)

ipod nano 7th gen

Every detail is the same as for the previous model with the only difference in the release date (Ocober, 2012). Model number A1446. Oh, and it also comes in 8 different colors.

iPod nano (6th generation)

ipod nano 6th gen

The capacity of this model with multi-touch display varies between 8 and 16 GB. It was released in September 2010. Model number: A1366.

You can find this model in 6 various colors.

iPod nano (5th generation)

ipod nano 5th gen

The device’s capacity equals to 8 and 16 gigabytes respectively. It appeared in September 2009. Model number: A1320. How can one tell the difference between the 2 nano models, 5th and 4th generation? There are 3 features to make it obvious. 5th generation, compared to the 4th one has:

  1. Taller screen
  2. Polished aluminium finish
  3. Camera and microphone on its back

The model is available in 9 colors.

iPod nano (4th generation)

ipod nano 4th gen

Just like the previous model, the 4th generation has a click wheel navigation. The capacity is 8 and 16 gigabytes respectively. The company introduced it in September 2008. Model number: A1285. The best way to differentiate this model from the earlier nano models is to pay attention to the following factors:

  1. The taller screen
  2. When you look from the top, the device appears oval
  3. It has a curved surface
  4. It contains an accelerometer applied by the Skate feature

Enjoy one of the 9 colors of this model!

iPod nano (3rd generation)

ipod nano 3rd gen

The navigation is of a click wheel type. There are two types of capacity available: four and eight GB. The model became available in September 2007. Model number: A1236.

It is easy to detect this model thanks to the following features:

  • The screen is wider than on the previous models of nano;
  • It can play video files;
  • The hold switch is located on the bottom;

Pay attention to the last 3 letters of the serial number as well. They may vary, but the possible list is YOP, YOR, YXR, YXT, YXV, or YXX. The users should purchase this device in one of 5 colors.

iPod nano (2nd generation)

ipod nano 2nd gen

The model has three types of capacity: 2,4, and 8 gigabytes. It’s a click wheel again. The device appeared in September 2006. Model number: A1199. It is possible to detect this model thanks to the following features:

  1. The tinier size
  2. Various colors
  3. Look at the bottom of your iPod. There you can see a headphone port. Oh, and the dock connector is also on the bottom.

The most popular type of the 2nd generation arrived in a red color.

iPod nano

ipod nano

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • A1137: 2006-02
  • A1137: 2005-09

This click wheel-based iPod has three types of capacity: either 1, 2, or 4 GB. The company released the model in September and February 2005 and 2006 correspondingly.

This model is much tinier than iPod mini. It has an inserted flash memory. The users may synchronize the images and audio files using a USB 2 cable. If you wonder about the capacity, have a look at the engraved part on the back. Choose between white or black version.

iPod shuffle (4th generation Mid 2015)

ipod shuffle mid 2015

In 2015, July, Apple has introduced the latest shuffle by today, with a control pad navigation. It possesses 2 gigabytes of capacity. The number of model is A1373. You can choose between 5 colors.

iPod shuffle (4th generation Late 2012)

ipod shuffle 5th gen

iPod shuffle has a control pad. The capacity is also two gigabytes. It met the world in September 2012. Model number: A1373. Seven colors are there for you.

iPod shuffle (4th generation)

ipod shuffle 4th gen

All of the characteristics are the same as iPod shuffle (4th generation late 2012) are, with the only difference this model was on the market since September 2010. Model number: A1373. It is only available in 5 colors.

iPod shuffle (3rd generation Late 2009)

ipod shuffle 3rd gen

The navigation is different from the latest releases. That is an Apple earphones with remote control. Two types of capacity are available: two and four GB. The buyers can enjoy the model since September 2009. Model number: A1271.

This model of iPod has a 3-position switch. Just like in case of the original shuffle, this one toggles between play by arrangement, off, and shuffle. This model has similar features with the 2nd generation iPod (clip). Its headphone port connects to a computer’s USB port. A single-status light is inserted. The model is lighter than the earlier versions of shuffle. A user can choose one color out of 5.

iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

ipod shuffle original

With the capacity of four GB, the 3rd generation operates on a principle Apple earphones with the remote. It is available on the market since March 2009. Model number: A1271.

The model possesses just one three-position switch. It toggles between the same options as the same model released a bit later that year. Once again, it has a single status light and a clip like in case with the 2nd generation iPod.

iPod shuffle (2nd generation)

ipod shuffle 2nd gen

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • A1204: 2008-02
  • A1204: 2006-09

The navigation is Control Pad. The capacity is either 1 or 2 GB. The first version was released in September 2006, and another one in February 2008. This type of shuffle is much smaller than the original one. You will not find any USB connector.

Check the serial number – it may also help to detect the exact model. The last three figures should be one of the following: 1ZH, 1ZK, 1ZM, 1ZP, or 1ZR.

iPod shuffle

ipod shuffle 1st gen

The navigation is Control Pad. You may find the device at 512 MB or a single gigabyte. The customers start buying it in January 2005. Model number: A1112.

Even iPod mini is larger than this model of iPod. It lacks the display as well. A user can find the LED lights on the front and back.

iPod mini (2nd generation)

ipod mini 2gen

The capacity of iPod mini is four and six GB. It is based on a click wheel. The model first saw the world in February 2005. Model number: A1051.

How to make the difference between the 2nd generation and the original releases of mini?

  1. Notice that the Click Wheel text corresponds to the iPod’s color.
  2. Have a look at the back of the gadget to discover the hard-drive size.

iPod mini

ipod mini

It is easy to guess an initial model is based on a click wheel principle. It has four gigabytes of capacity. Fist introduced in January 2004. Model number: A1051.

You can tell the difference between the original mini and later models by these features:

  1. Tiny size;
  2. The colors;
  3. The label of Click Wheel;
  4. The Hold switch located on the top-left corner.

iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009)

ipod classic 160gb

The capacity is more than enough – 160 GB! The customers could get the model since September 2009. Model number: A1238. It is based on a click wheel principle.

Users can enjoy a huge colorful display as well as the opportunity to view images and video files. USB is applied for synchronization.

Choose between silver and black models.

iPod classic (120 GB)

ipod classic 120gb

Unlike the latest version, this iPod classic arrives with 120 GB of capacity. It appeared in September 2008. Model number: A1238. The device also has a big, widescreen display and a Click Wheel. It can run videos and show images. USB is available. The user can purchase either a silver or black version.

iPod classic

ipod classic 6th gen

A user may decide between the 80 and 160 GB versions of this iPod. It was introduced in September 2007. Model number: A1238. It is a hard drive-based iPod with the same features as the models described above.

Just check the last 3 figures in the serial code to make sure it is exactly an iPod classic original: Y5N, YMU, YMV, or YMX. The available colors are the same.

iPod (5th generation Late 2006)—a.k.a. iPod with video

ipod 5th gen

Once more, navigation is a click wheel. Users could choose between thirty and eighty GB. It met the world in September 2006. Model number is A1238. The closing 3 characters of the serial number are usually W9G. Choose between black and white models.

iPod Special Edition U2

ipod u2 edition

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • A1136: 2006-09
  • A1136: 2006-06
  • A1099: 2005-06
  • A1059: 2004-10

The navigation is the same as mentioned above. The capacity is either 20 or 30 gigabytes. Four versions were released on 4 different dates: October 2004, June 2005, June 2006, and September 2006.

It looks like a typical iPod with several nuances. Those are:

  • Red Click Wheel;
  • Black exterior;
  • U2 band members’ handwriting on the back;
  • U2 logo engraved.

The initial iPod Special Ed. was grounded on a Click Wheel. The second one was based on iPod with color display. As for the U2 special editions, they are based on a fifth-generation iPod. Customers first saw a model based on the iPod with-generation Late 2006 in September.

Check the serial number to make sure it is the right model. The last 3 characters should be W9G.

iPod with color display

Again, the model based on a click wheel. It can arrive at either twenty or sixty GB. Apple released the product in June 2005. Model number: A1099.

iPod and iPod photo are considered the same since then. It has a full-color display. Although the models are based on a click wheel, they obtained a color display. It made it possible to view images and run slideshows.

iPod photo (also known as iPod with color display)

ipod classic 4th gen

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • A1099: 2005-02
  • A1099: 2004-10

The three available types of capacity for this model are 30, 40, and 60 gigabytes. The company released the product two times: in October 2004, and in February 2005. iPod photo us visually the same as iPod with color display. Their features are identical as well.

iPod (Click Wheel)

ipod click wheel

One more Click Wheel-based device with the available capacity of twenty or forty gigabytes. Apple released the model in July 2004 with the number A1059.

Such models are bigger than mini. They have a Hold switch on the top-right side. They possess a monochrome display.

iPod (Dock Connector)

ipod 3rd gen

This one is based on a Touch Wheel. There are 5 types of capacity: 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 gigabytes. The first type was introduced in April 2003 while the second arrived in September that year. The number of both is A1040.

The most distinguished feature of this type is a dock connector on the bottom – that is where the name comes from.

The latest models such as those based on a click wheel as well as mini possess a dock connector without having a click wheel. It’s a touch wheel as you may guess. The 4 control buttons are located up the wheel.

iPod (Touch Wheel)

ipod touch wheel

The first thing to catch an eye is a FireWire port cover. The navigation is the same as mentioned in the name of the model. This iPod arrives either with ten or twenty GB of capacity. It was released in July 2002. Model number: A1019.

The controls are identical to the iPod (Scroll Wheel) with the difference the touch wheel does not turn. That is a 2nd-generation iPod.

iPod (Scroll Wheel)

ipod scroll wheel


Capacity: 5 and 10 GB

Model numbers and dates introduced:

  • M8541: 2002-03
  • M8541: 2001-10

At last, we have reached the original model – iPod Scroll Wheel. The capacity was tiny: five-ten GB. A company released the innovation in October 2001, and March 2002, respectively.

The scroll wheel of these first iPod models physically turns, and that what makes them unique. There are 4 typical controls: Play, Next, Menu, and Previous. They are all located in a circle around the wheel itself. That is a 1st-generation iPod.