Apple Reportedly Using UDID to Stifle In-App Purchase Hack
New reports indicate Apple might be using the unique device identifier data (UDID) identification system to stop the in-app purchase workaround afflicting the iOS community.
Unnamed app developers are reporting that Apple may be utilizing the unique UDID number assigned to every iDevice to prevent unwanted free purchases from occurring according to MacRumors. Numerous developers have reported a new receipt field entitled “unique_identifier” showing up on in-app purchases. It’s unclear how Apple is leveraging the UDID, or if the new “unique_identifier” is the same as the UDID, which Apple has famously dropped support for and urged developers to use different methods to identify iDevices.
Many consumer advocacy groups praised Apple’s abandonment of the UDID standard citing privacy concern, while mobile ad agencies griped about not being able to rely on metrics calculated from the reportedly anonymous UDID. Apple is in fact utilizing the UDID to protect consumers, and developers falling victim to the in-app workaround, expect the ad agencies to point out the irony.