Understanding common Apple codes and identifiers
Apple use many different identifiers with their products. The table below illustrates the differences between some of the most important codes:
|Name||Looks like||Also called||Represents|
|Model||Marketing part number (MPN),|
|A specific model, including storage, configuration, distribution and sale type information. Similar in scope but distinct from a configuration code (CC) or a configured to order (CTO) code.|
|Family number||Model number,|
|A family of models sold in a given region, coded for Apple's own ordering systems.|
|Internal name||Board ID,|
|The underlying hardware platform a device is built on. Expressed as an internal name class with an optional hardware revision. Often used to target software and firmware.|
|Identifier||Model identifier||A high-level class of Apple device.|
|Serial number||An individual Apple device. 3 different formats, 1 of which is variable-length. Distinct from an MLB serial, which has 2 different formats.|
The API supports many other Apple identifiers, most of which are described below.
Note that we can expose Apple GSX service data for some clients.
Apple serial numbers
The API supports all three of Apple's major serial number formats: , and . Examples:
- is a format serial (for the early 128k Mac)
- is a format serial
- is a format serial
Apple will likely be able maintain the format serials until the early 2020s, when they will run out.
Apple MLB serial numbers
The API supports Apple's main logic board (MLB) serial formats, for both 13 and 17 digit codes.
Apple model numbers (MPN)
Also known as: Marketing Part Number (MPN)
An Apple model number identifies a particular hardware configuration of an Apple product. Apple model numbers can be presented with or without their regional or sale type encoding. These are also known as a marketing part number, or MPN. MPN is a misnomer in the sense that model numbers aren't actually numbers.
Model numbers are always prefixed with a sale code (often but not necessarily ), and usually follow with a letter and some numbers. They end with an optional sale region indicator of variable length.
What's encoded in an Apple model number?
Apple Model codes can provide the sale region of a device, as well as whether it was sold at retail, refurbished, or personalised, and the following data:
- Apple Internal name class. This can be used to narrow it to a range of internal names.
- Apple Identifier.
- Sale region. The broad region that the device was intended to be sold in. This is stored as an optional part of the number.
- Model specification. MPNs are reliable for indicating case size, colour, material and storage for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and computers.
- OEM carrier. MPNs are typically made available to a discrete range of carriers, and carrier range can be identified by examining them.
- Sale type. ie. whether the unit was sold as retail, refurbished, replaced, or personalised.
Example Model numbers
|An iPhone 4, black, 32GB, made for Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland|
|iPhone 4, black, 32GB, made for the US|
|An iPhone 7 Plus, made for the US|
|iPad 6th gen, pink, 32GB, no sale region|
|iPhone 5, black, 16GB, made for Saudi Arabia|
Working with Apple Model numbers
- Example Apple Model direct API request: MC605FD/A
- Example Apple Model client library request:
Apple identifiers are their core, top-level model identifier, such as .
Apple internal names
Internal names are Apple's internal model numbers, like . They are sometimes referred to as , and also -- misleadingly -- as .
Apple IDFA / IDFV
(IDFA) and (IDFV) values replaced the UDID after iOS 5. They are set per application, or per vendor.
Apple state this of the IDFA:
iOS 6 introduces the Advertising Identifier, a non-permanent, non-personal device identifier, that advertising networks will use to give you more control over advertisers’ ability to use tracking methods. If you choose to limit ad tracking, advertising networks using the Advertising Identifier may no longer gather information to serve you targeted ads. In the future all advertising networks will be required to use the Advertising Identifier. However, until advertising networks transition to using the Advertising Identifier you may still receive targeted ads from other networks.
And this for the IDFV:
An alphanumeric string that uniquely identifies a device to the app’s vendor. (read-only)
The value of this property is the same for apps that come from the same vendor running on the same device. A different value is returned for apps on the same device that come from different vendors, and for apps on different devices regardless of vendor.
Ole Begemann has written more on the migration from UDID.
Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs)
There are two formats of UDID:
: This format was introduced with the first iPhone and used on devices introduced up until 2018. It is a non-reversible composite identifier built from IMEI, ECID and MAC values. It is represented as a 40 character lowercase hex value.
: This newer format was introduced for device models manufactured in 2018 and onwards (ie. iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and Apple Watch Series 4). It is an uppercase 8 character hex value joined to a 16 character uppercase hex value by a dash () in the format .
Apple usually uses this ID to associate a device with an iCloud ID. This also holds the Find My iPhone activation status. The UDID was deprecated for use within iOS applications with the introduction of iOS 5, though it still has a number of other uses
Apple Family numbers / "A" numbers
Apple describe these for each phone on their "Identify your iPhone model" page.
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PHP Script for Decoding Apple Serial Numbers
Usage: Place the 3 files on your webserver. Visit index.html. Or copy the section from the index.html file and insert it into your own webpage. Have fun!
Database: The database.json file is self updating. So when you search a serial number, it first scans the database for the hwc code (last 3#'s if 11 digit or 4#'s if 12 digit serial) to see if the information exists in the database. If it doesn't, then it uses apple's api to look up the hwc and then appends that info to the json database.
Permissions: Remember to chmod the permissions for database.json if required. Otherwise serialphp.info will not have the correct permissions to write to the file.
TODO: This decoder currently displays a break down of the serial number components (for serials up to 2019), displays model information, manufacture information and links to apple's official hardware configurations. Sites like everymac.com or appleserialinfo.com expand on the information provided by this script greatly with model and emc #'s, configuration options, specs etc. It would be nice if someone forked this and expanded upon the json database file to incorporate these additional fields and supply the community with a free database alternative opposed to subscription based decoding options!
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DeviceIdentifier API Python library
Utils to manipulate and learn from assorted device identifier formats via Reincubate's DeviceIdentifier API.
Technical documentation is available on Reincubate's site.
Calls to the API through this client then become easy:
The API supports anonymous access, and provides limited, rate-limited data when doing so. Tokens can be obtained by contacting Reincubate, and either by setting an environment variable:
Or by passing the token value directly into the code:
Using the command-line interface
Apple serial numbers: legacy (80s & 90s), old (early 2000s) and post-2010 formats
Apple model numbers
Apple internal names
Apple IDFA / IDFV
Apple "A" numbers
Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEIDs)
IMEIs (enriched with data from Apple's GSX service for clients with access)
Type allocation codes (TAC)
Identifying an identifier
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Question: Q: Warranty lookup API
Is there an API available to check the warranties of multiple machines? We have hundreds of Macs in our company to check regularly, and currently I have to use https://selfsolve.apple.com/ and enter each machine one at a time. This isn't scalable...
It seems you may not have as big a problem as you think? " check REGULARLY " ?? If you check them once, and make a spreadsheet or somesuch file, you then need only sort by date and CHECK that REGULARLY - adding new devices to IT as they come into your company. You could likely find some clever employee to write a simple App to manage that list and notifications. Adobe Director could do it in a couple of hours - start to tested finish, GUI and all.
It does seem a little odd that there is no facility for managing an Enterprise though - you might find with a little digging, you can find out for sure from Apple (who seems to prefer customer contact avoidance after the sale , if possible - hard to blame them, being the most valuable company on Earth = HUGE installed base)
Here's what I did to find the following - assume the path is OBSCURE.
- Go here http://www.apple.com/contact/ = the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page
- Top right of that page is "How to buy for business" with two options:
- Apple Enterprise Sales (877) 412-7753 = you clearly MUST already have your own Apple Account Rep with a large installed base
- The link in the paragraph leads one to the possible answers to your question
The Apple Store for Business <http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313?target=smb> seems a bit more robust than the Consumer level Store
It has a couple of interesting drawer menus
You might give the TOP one on the 1st and the BOTTOM one on the 2nd a look - particularly the 2nd <http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/account/home>
I can't go any further, but "View Order History" from the TOC at left looks promising - one could extrapolate the warranty period for a any device by its type and the longevity thereof - (iPhones are shorter than Macs, for example)
Api lookup apple number serial
3023 Data-Apple Serial Number Inquiry API Warranty, Activation lock Inquiry Apple GSX Inquiry IMEI/ Serial Number Inquiry Interface
Apple Query Service Provider, Exclusive Official Data Source
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Activation date, warranty, activation status, etc.
Activation date, warranty, activation status, whether to change the machine, etc.
Enquiries on licensed goods:
Whether the goods are shipped, warranty status, etc.
Activation lock Inquiry:
Find my iPhone On/Off Check
ID black and white query:
Apple iCloud Clean/Lost Check
IMEI/ serial number query:
IMEI, Serial Number Reciprocal Transfer
Service Prorider Inquiry:
Apple SIMLock Check
Inquiry of sales place:
Product seller, place of purchase, estimated date of purchase, initial operator, etc.
Operators (next activation strategy), Service Prorider, etc
GSX policy query:
Activation policy, first brick removal date, unlocking date, etc.
GSX case inquiry:
Maintenance case, machine change record (picture)
Model country inquiry:
Model number (manufacturer’s part number), country, product type (whether official replacement machine, official repair machine, abnormal machine, etc.)
Repair status (none, repaired, under repair), sales code
Maintenance progress inquiry:
Details and progress of maintenance
Apple Serial Number Inquiry:
If only basic data such as model, capacity, color, reference activation date, warranty, etc. need to be queried.
Apple serial number inquiry (basic data) interface provided by 3023 data can be used:
Price: 0.005 Yuan/time
Large quantity of Cong, minimum 3.5% discount
Mobile phone IMEI inquiry:
Apple, Samsung, Huawei, VIVO, OPPO, Xiaomi and other brands of mobile phones/tablets IMEI query and identification
Apple query assistant
Batch query Apple warranty, Activation lock, Service Prorider, etc.
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Apple’s official website inquires:
View your warranty service and support period
Verification code restriction solution:
Develop or use a third-party Apple verification code automatic identification program
1. Most of the Apple verification codes are complex overlapping patterns with low recognition success rate
2. The number of digits of Apple verification code is not fixed.
If you want to develop your own Apple warranty inquiry interface, you can use the verification code identification interface provided by 3023 data.
According to the depth optimization of apple verification code, the recognition time is less than 0.3 seconds, and the accuracy rate is as high as 86%
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