Apple is preparing a revamped serial number format for the company’s hardware products next month which it says will offer better support for continued growth and scalability.
All “finished goods” under the new format will obtain a serial number that consists of 18 numeric digits, versus Apple’s current 11-character alphanumeric scheme. AppleCare Protection Plans and AppleCare Support IDs will be covered by the new scheme, although software products will be excluded.
“For the average customer, the change in serial number formats will be transparent. However, those die-hard Apple fans responsible for breaking down the company’s current serial format will now need to go to work in order to make sense of the new 18 digit serials,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider. “Currently, there are a handful of scripts on the internet that when fed with an Apple hardware serial number will return a list of details, such as the name and model of the product the serial belongs to, the date it was manufactured, and the precise location of the factory that built it.”
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