Sunday December 04, 2022

We are happy to inform that Apple no longer requires verification for education discounts

Apple introduced a new verification process in the US to ensure that customers who wish to take advantage of its discounted education pricing were actually enrolled in education. The verification process has been removed by Apple, as confirmed by The Verge and supported by reports from MacRumorsand9to5Mac. Customers had to verify their eligibility for education discounts using Unidays’ third party verification service. Apple already has verification procedures in place in other countries like the UK. The Verge asked the company for comment but did not receive a response.
Apple has also placed limits on the number of items that you can purchase with an educational discount, customers have reported. Apple Track reports that each year, users can only buy one desktop computer, one Mac mini or one laptop, two iPads and two accessories. These limits are still listed on Apple’s website, despite the fact that verification has been removed. It’s more than any student or teacher is likely to buy for themselves in a given calendar year. This limit seems to be in place in order to stop them acting as a discount broker for their non-educational friends.
The change may have been temporary, but it removed a loophole that was previously extremely easy to exploit. Apple apparently didn’t even require customers with a.edu address to use the service. There was very little outcry on Reddit. Some pointed out that Apple’s first party discounts are often beaten in back-to-school season by third-party retailers. We have a page for you if you are looking for a great deal on a MacBook.
Update January 21st at 4:58 PM ET: This update indicates that the Unidays verification appears to have been removed by Apple’s US education shop.

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