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Other consumers might go through a third-party site or buy from someone else directly if they’re looking for a better deal. But when they purchase these devices, oftentimes they’ll want to know if it’s a new iPhone or a refurbished model. So how can anyone easily find this out instead of just relying on someone’s word? Here’s how to quickly perform a self check.
How to Tell If Your iPhone Is New or Refurbished
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to “General” and tap “About”.
- Find the Model Number. You may need to “tap” the model number to reveal a secondary number.
- If the number starts with an M, it’s a new phone model.
- If the number starts with an N, it’s a replacement phone model (see below).
- If the number starts with an F, it’s a carrier refurbished phone model.
- If the number starts with a P, it’s a device with a personal engraving.
What’s the Difference Between a Replacement iPhone and a Refurbished iPhone?
The terms “refurbished” and “replacement” each carry their own stigmas. To help clarify, lets identify the difference between the two types:
- Replacement: there was a problem with the original device (likely a service request) and this device is the replacement.
- Refurbished: the original device was sent back due to any number of reasons (technical or otherwise). The phone then goes through a refurbishing process, which is different depending on whether the device is Apple refurbished or carrier refurbished. Then the device is checked before being repackaged for sale.
Refurbished devices are a great option if you are looking for a more affordable device. Apple lists its refurbished iPhones on their site along with the details of their extensive refurbishing process.