Verify the Refurbishment Status
There’s a chance that the iPhone was purchased new and just held onto. But there’s also a possibility that the device itself is Apple or third-party refurbished but sold as “new.” Luckily, you can check that, too.
Just go to Settings > General > About and take note of the model number.
- If the number starts with the letter “M,” it’s a new device.
- A number starting with “N” denotes that it’s an Apple replacement device.
- “F” means that it’s a carrier refurbished iPhone.