Apple drops verification requirement for US education buyers

Deepak Gupta January 22, 2022
Updated 2022/01/22 at 8:01 PM

Earlier this week, Apple began requiring students and teachers in the US through the UNiDAYS authentication service before they could take advantage of the company’s discounted pricing. The move closed a long-standing loophole that allowed almost anyone to save money on an Apple device, as long as they didn’t get caught in a random scan.

However, within days of implementing this requirement, Apple removed it just as quickly. Per , you can once again buy Macs, iPads and other Apple products at a discount in the US from the company without the need to verify that you are currently a student or teacher. The channel suggests that the company may have made the change after some educators and school officials complained that they were unable to verify their status through UNiDAYS properly and therefore were unable to get a discount on a product they wanted to purchase.

It’s unclear whether Apple plans to reimplement the requirement once it resolves potential issues with the system. For years, Apple has used UNiDAYS in many other countries, including the UK, to ensure that only those who qualify for their educational discounts can get them. We’ve contacted the company for comments and more information.

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