User impact: The unique serial number will be used in the setup process and will be used as a starting point when prompted to restore from a backup. Additionally, the serial number will be used in future setup and installation. Standard alphanumeric dates and times or country/region codes or numbers will be replaced by the serial number.
The new serial number format will consist of a randomized alphanumeric string of 8-14 characters (10 characters initially) that will no longer include manufacturing or configuration details, according to Apple's memo. Apple advised authorized resellers to prepare for the transition to the new format ahead of its \"Spring Loaded\" event last month.
This feature, if turned on, will store customer information (including the serial number) in encrypted form on your organization’s computers. This encrypted form limits what information can be accessed. For example, it can’t be accessed to find customer addresses. Customer information is stored in an encrypted format during the setup process.
The system generates a unique, randomized serial number that is used in making setup and installation decisions, such as whether a product is being tapped or starting from scratch. In addition, the product ID will be translated into the typical alphanumeric format used by apple.com and in the App Store. Special Considerations: As Apple Services will no longer maintain match-making capabilities and will only provide limited diagnostic services via the Apple Online Store, customers will no longer be able to match an install date or serial number with their products or set App Store preferences. This will have the effect of changing significant customer preferences such as App Store preferences, custom ringtones, wallpapers, and icons. If customer information is stored locally, this may include unique line-item records not available in the database, and may result in customer records being out of sync with the App Store. As a result, any data stored locally will need to be reconciled with the App Store database in the future. 7211a4ac4a