Apple iPhone 7 Models Explained

iPhone 7 Model Numbers Explained

Every time Apple releases an iPhone, it comes in different size, color and also different models. For example Apple’s latest iPhone (7) besides coming in 2 sizes (7 & 7 plus) and a bunch of colors (Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black), it comes in 6 different models too which are A1660, A1661, A1778, A1784, A1779 and A1785.

In this post I will be explaining why Apple has different iPhone models and what are the differences between them.

iPhone 7 Model Numbers Explained

 

Just like every year, Apple releases the iPhone in several countries with different carrier support. They come in different model numbers and it makes users confused on which one to choose!

The reason for this different model structure from Apple is that the model chips of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are from two manufacturers, Intel and Qualcomm, and some of the models can’t perform well on a specific carrier network. Therefore, if you’re planing to buy an iPhone, before ordering it online or going to the stores, you should check them out carefully, or your phone might not function properly! Especially if you are a traveler and you’re not sure whether the iPhone 7 you are going to purchase will be supported by the network providers around the world.

At the moment, we have the following model numbers: A1660, A1661, A1778, A1784, A1779, A1785.

You can find the model number of an iPhone by looking at the back of the box or the back of the iPhone.

So let’s see the differences between them.

 

iPhone 7

The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 comes in 3 model numbers, A1660, A1778, and A1779.

1. A1660: The iPhone 7 A1660 is considered the global phone as it is compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. This model is available in the United States, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and China. In the US, you can get the A1660 on Sprint and Verizon, when you buy the SIM-free version, or when you buy the locked AT&T phone at BestBuy.

Supported cellular bands:

  • FDD-LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 a MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 27 (800 SMR), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 WCS)
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Carrier iPhone 7 A1660
Verizon
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN8Q2LL/A or MNAP2LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN8W2LL/A or MNAX2LL/A
32GB Gold MN8J2LL/A or MNAE2LL/A
128GB Gold MN8N2LL/A or MNAL2LL/A
256GB Gold MN8U2LL/A or MNAV2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MN8K2LL/A or MNAF2LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MN8P2LL/A or MNAM2LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN8V2LL/A or MNAW2LL/A
32GB Silver MN8H2LL/A or MNAD2LL/A
128GB Silver MN8M2LL/A or MNAK2LL/A
256GB Silver MN8T2LL/A or MNAU2LL/A
32GB Black MN8G2LL/A or MNAC2LL/A
128GB Black MN8L2LL/A or MNAJ2LL/A
256GB Black MN8R2LL/A or MNAQ2LL/A
Sprint
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN8Q2LL/A or MNC72LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN8W2LL/A or MNCD2LL/A
32GB Gold MN8J2LL/A or MNC12LL/A
128GB Gold MN8N2LL/A or MNC52LL/A
256GB Gold MN8U2LL/A or MNCA2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MN8K2LL/A or MNC22LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MN8P2LL/A or MNC62LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN8V2LL/A or MNCC2LL/A
32GB Silver MN8H2LL/A or MNC02LL/A
128GB Silver MN8M2LL/A or MNC42LL/A
256GB Silver MN8T2LL/A or MNC92LL/A
32GB Black MN8G2LL/A or MNAY2LL/A
128GB Black MN8L2LL/A or MNC32LL/A
256GB Black MN8R2LL/A or MNC82LL/A
AT&T
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN8Q2LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN8W2LL/A
32GB Gold MN8J2LL/A
128GB Gold MN8N2LL/A
256GB Gold MN8U2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MN8K2LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MN8P2LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN8V2LL/A
32GB Silver MN8H2LL/A
128GB Silver MN8M2LL/A
256GB Silver MN8T2LL/A
32GB Black MN8G2LL/A
128GB Black MN8L2LL/A
256GB Black MN8R2LL/A

 

2. A1778: The iPhone 7 A1778 has a very similar cellular connectivity as the A1660, except that there is no support for TD-SCDMA and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A bands. Therefore, the phone won’t work properly on CDMA networks like Sprint or Verizon although you still can make phone calls via Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). In the US, you can purchase the version at T-Mobile and AT&T. This can also be found in many European and Asian countries like the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and Australia.

Supported cellular bands:

  • LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 a MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 27 (800 SMR), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 WCS)
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Carrier iPhone 7 A1778
AT&T
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN9M2LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN9T2LL/A
32GB Gold MN9F2LL/A
128GB Gold MN9K2LL/A
256GB Gold MN9Q2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MN9G2LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MN9L2LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN9R2LL/A
32GB Silver MN9E2LL/A
128GB Silver MN9J2LL/A
256GB Silver MN9P2LL/A
32GB Black MN9D2LL/A
128GB Black MN9H2LL/A
256GB Black MN9N2LL/A
T-Mobile/Unlocked/Contract-free
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MNA52LL/A
256GB Jet Black MNAA2LL/A
32GB Gold MN9W2LL/A
128GB Gold MNA32LL/A
256GB Gold MNA82LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MN9X2LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MNA42LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MNA92LL/A
32GB Silver MN9V2LL/A
128GB Silver MNA02LL/A
256GB Silver MNA72LL/A
32GB Black MN9U2LL/A
128GB Black MN9Y2LL/A
256GB Black MNA62LL/A

 

3. A1779: The iPhone 7 A1779 is released for the Japanese market. The most important difference is not cellular bands but the addition of FeliCa Type-F NFC contactless technology which will allow users to use Apple Pay in Japan. You can easily get the phone via carriers like AU, Docomo, and Softbank. Notably, the A1779 covers some more LTE bands like band 11 used by AU by KDDI, and Softbank, and band 21 used by Docomo.

Supported cellular bands:

  • FDD-LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

 

iPhone 7 Plus

The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus has 3 model numbers, A1661, A1784 and A1785.

1. A1661: The iPhone 7 Plus A1661 is the most comprehensive model as it works on almost all GSM and CDMA carriers. The world phone is available at Sprint and Verizon in the US, as well as some other countries like Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and China. This is also the model you will receive when you buy the SIM-free unlocked version or when you buy the locked AT&T phone at BestBuy.

Supported cellular bands:

  • FDD-LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 a MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 27 (800 SMR), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 WCS)
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Carrier iPhone 7 Plus A1661
Verizon
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN4D2LL/A or MN5X2LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN4L2LL/A or MN632LL/A
32GB Gold MNQK2LL/A or MNR32LL/A
128GB Gold MN4A2LL/A or MN5V2LL/A
256GB Gold MN4J2LL/A or MN612LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MNQL2LL/A or MNR42LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MNQL2LL/A or MN5W2LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN4K2LL/A or MN622LL/A
32GB Silver MNQJ2LL/A or MNR22LL/A
128GB Silver MN492LL/A or MN5U2LL/A
256GB Silver MN4F2LL/A or MN602LL/A
32GB Black MNQH2LL/A or MNR12LL/A
128GB Black MN482LL/A or MN5T2LL/A
256GB Black MN4E2LL/A or MN5Y2LL/A
Sprint
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN4D2LL/A or MN682LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN4L2LL/A or MN6E2LL/A
32GB Gold MNQK2LL/A or MNR72LL/A
128GB Gold MN4A2LL/A or MN662LL/A
256GB Gold MN4J2LL/A or MN6C2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MNQL2LL/A or MNR82LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MNQL2LL/A or MN672LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN4K2LL/A or MN6D2LL/A
32GB Silver MNQJ2LL/A or MNR62LL/A
128GB Silver MN492LL/A or MN652LL/A
256GB Silver MN4F2LL/A or MN6A2LL/A
32GB Black MNQH2LL/A or MNR52LL/A
128GB Black MN482LL/A or MN642LL/A
256GB Black MN4E2LL/A or MN692LL/A
AT&T
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN4D2LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN4L2LL/A
32GB Gold MNQK2LL/A
128GB Gold MN4A2LL/A
256GB Gold MN4J2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MNQL2LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MNQL2LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN4K2LL/A
32GB Silver MNQJ2LL/A
128GB Silver MN492LL/A
256GB Silver MN4F2LL/A
32GB Black MNQH2LL/A
128GB Black MN482LL/A
256GB Black MN4E2LL/A

 

2. A1784: The A1784 model is available at T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, as well as carriers in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Denmark, Spain, and Australia. You can also buy it as a contract-free/unlocked version at Apple Store. The phone is not fully compatible with CDMA carriers including Sprint and Verizon, however, you still can use 3G or 4G LTE for voice and data services.

Supported cellular bands:

  • LTE bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 a MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (800 MHz), 27 (800 SMR), 28 (700 APT MHz), 29 (700 de MHz), 30 (2300 WCS)
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Carrier iPhone 7 Plus A1784
T-Mobile/Unlocked/Contract-free
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN5L2LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN5R2LL/A
32GB Gold MNQY2LL/A
128GB Gold MN5J2LL/A
256GB Gold MN5P2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MNR02LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MN5K2LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN5Q2LL/A
32GB Silver MNQX2LL/A
128GB Silver MN5H2LL/A
256GB Silver MN5N2LL/A
32GB Black MNQW2LL/A
128GB Black MN5G2LL/A
256GB Black MN5M2LL/A
AT&T
Capacity Color Part Number
128GB Jet Black MN572LL/A
256GB Jet Black MN5F2LL/A
32GB Gold MNQU2LL/A
128GB Gold MN552LL/A
256GB Gold MN5D2LL/A
32GB Rose Gold MNQV2LL/A
128GB Rose Gold MN562LL/A
256GB Rose Gold MN5E2LL/A
32GB Silver MNQT2LL/A
128GB Silver MN532LL/A
256GB Silver MN5C2LL/A
32GB Black MNQR2LL/A
128GB Black MN522LL/A
256GB Black MN592LL/A

 

3. A1785: The iPhone 7 Plus A1785 is available in Japan and it will be the first iPhone supporting Apple Pay in this country. Apple added the FeliCa tap-to-pay support, so now you can pay at convenience stores, vending machines and other retail locations in Japan. The A1785 is fully compatible with Docomo, AU, and Softbank after the addition of the LTE bands 11 and 21.

Supported cellular bands:

  • FDD-LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600 MHz), 39 (TD 1900 MHz), 40 (TD 2300 MHz), 41 (TD 2500 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

 

And That’s about it guys!

I hope this information was useful for you.

Until next time!

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