Apple Walks Back UNiDAYS Verification Requirement for U.S. Education Store

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Apple began forcing customers to take advantage of educational discounts in the United States earlier this week to authenticate their identification as a teacher, student, or school staff member through UNiDAYS.

Apple Walks Back UNiDAYS Verification Requirement for U.S. Education Store

The requirement was a significant change because Apple had never previously required consumers in the United States to go through a verification procedure, and now, just three days after it was implemented, Apple has revoked it.

As of today, discounted iPads, Macs, and other devices can be purchased on Apple’s school website in the United States, and no proof of student or teacher status is required.

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Following the implementation of the UNiDAYS requirement, numerous MacRumors readers complained that the UNiDAYS site was faulty for staff member verification, as it required customers to upload a student ID with an expiration date. Employees were unable to receive reduced products, which may be why Apple removed the rule.

It is unclear whether Apple would reintroduce an institution verification process after ironing out the kinks and making it available to students, instructors, and school employees, but there is no requirement to make a discounted purchase for the time being.

Apple has long required UNiDAYS verification in countries such as the United Kingdom, so it would not be surprising to see it reinstated as a requirement in the US at some point in the future.

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