“What’s a UDID they said?” And if you follow the safe link I included – and you’re an Apple owner, the tutorial will help you find it.
But if you are not, or you suspect my link will lead you to some nasty malware pit, here’s the scoop:
A UDID is a unique device identifier embedded in your Apple device. Other WinTel manufacturers have a MAC address but other apps developers don’t use it for the same purpose. The difference is that in the past Apple required that your device identifier be accessible from all iOS apps- a practice unique to Apple.
Now the situation will change.
” “Starting May 1, the App Store will no longer accept new apps or app updates that access UDIDs. Please update your apps and servers to associate users with the Vendor or Advertising identifiers introduced in iOS 6,” Apple said in a developer update.
The cut-off date for UDIDs should come as little surprise to iOS developers who have been warned of Apple’s intention to move away from having them included in apps. The company has come under pressure from privacy advocates and legislators in the US because UDIDs establish a permanent connection to a specific piece of iOS hardware, and could therefore be linked to its user.”
Oh, that’s why Apple kept asking me for my device ID after the iTunes store charged my PayPal account more than $300 for stuff that I didn’t order. And I didn’t own an Apple device at the time.
Thanks to Liam Tung and ZDNet