Earlier this week, Apple began requiring customers who are taking advantage of the company’s educational discounts in the United States to prove their status as a student, teacher, or school staff member via UNiDAYS.
However, as of today, iPads, Macs, and other products can be purchased at a discount from Apple’s education website in the U.S., and Apple is not asking for any proof that a customer is a student or teacher.
After Apple began requiring UNiDAYS verification, many users complained that the UNiDAYS site appeared to be broken for staff member verification, as it was asking customers to upload a student ID with an expiration date. Staff members were prevented from obtaining discounted products. This could be why Apple has pulled back on the UNiDAYS requirement.
At this point, we don’t know if Apple will put the verification process back in place once it is working properly, but for now, you can score a discount without the need for UNiDAYS verification. It will likely return, as Apple has long required UNiDAYS verification in other countries, like the United Kingdom.