Apple will introduce longer serial numbers for repair parts in October


Apple will start using a new, lengthier serial number format for iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and other product repair parts on October 1, a few weeks after the anticipated release of the next iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and other new goods.

According to a memo acquired by MacRumors, Apple has informed authorized service providers that, as of October 1, their machines and equipment must be updated to accept a new, longer 18-digit serial number for repair components. The serial number for repair parts is currently 17 digits long. Future repair parts, like those for new iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs, are likely to use the new 18-digit serial number.

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Apple told approved service providers of its plans to switch from the current format, which has long allowed customers and service providers to determine the date and location that a product was made, to a randomized serial number before the debut of the iPhone 12 in 2020. The random format was not used by Apple until the purple iPhone 12 in May 2021.

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