If you are thinking of buying an iPhone or have already bought one, and you want to find out if the iPhone you bought is new, refurbished or if it is a replacement device provided by Apple through a service request.
Wonder no more, you can use a cool device model identifier trick to find out if an iPhone is new, refurbished, replaced, or even customized. This can be useful information for used device buyers, if you've received a device as a gift or have it delivered to you, if you're troubleshooting or repairing an iPhone, and more.
- Open “Settings” on iPhone
- Go to “General” and then “About”
- Look for “Model” and then read the model identifier next to that text, it will look like “MN572LL /A”, the first character will tell you if the device is new, refurbished, replaceable or custom:
- "M": is the letter that will identify that the terminal is a new drive
- "F": it will be a refurbished unit; Apple has restored it and sells it at a better price since in this case it is second-hand
- "P": it is a custom drive; that is, it has been taxed on its back
- "N": is a replacement unit that is transferred to the user because a repair service has been requested, for example