Apple is telling its authorized premium resellers and dealers to get ready for new products with 10 and 12 digital serial numbers. The information is being shared just a few days ahead of a virtual event where the Cupertino firm is expected to debut a variety of new products.
It had been previously reported that Apple had plans to begin randomizing serial numbers for future products, starting in early 2021. A new MacRumors report says a memo it has seen indicates that Apple is readying for that roll-out. The company is telling authorized resellers and dealers to ensure that their “systems, warehouses, and processes are in place and able to receive and ship the two serial number formats.”
Apple has traditionally used a 12-digit serial number format for its products. The alphanumeric format holds key information, including the item’s production date and time. Apple’s new randomized serial number format initially starts at 10 digits and item information will be harder to decipher.
Apple on Tuesday officially announced its upcoming digital-only “Spring Loaded” event on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.