With privacy concerns at the forefront of many tech industry blogs, not to mention investigations from Congress, Apple has begun rejecting apps that access UDIDs.
In an effort to boost user privacy, starting May 1 the tech giant will no longer accept new apps that access UDIDs. All new apps also must support iPhone 5 and Retina display.
New software developer kit removes apps' ability to access the unique string of numbers that individually identifies each cellular device.
Hackers claim to have stolen 12 million unique iPad and iPhone 5 codes from an FBI laptop, a claim denied by the US agency.
Hacking group posts 1 million of the identifiers to the Web after allegedly lifting the data from an agent's laptop.
It's the latest wrinkle in ongoing debate over how best to balance commercial self-interest and user privacy.
Apple denies any involvement with a massive list of user identification numbers that leaked out earlier this week.
A small mobile publishing company called BlueToad says the Apple UDIDs leaked last week came from an illegal intrusion into its network last week, an admission that contradicts AntiSec's claims about the FBI.
The publishing of 1 million anonymized Apple UDIDs allegedly found on an FBI agent's computer brought AntiSec's actions front and center. With denials from Apple and the FBI, you might think it's over. Not so fast.
According to a report from karthikk.net, developers who have sold UDID slots to other developers who are not officially enrolled in Apple's iOS Developer Program are finding their accounts on the brink of being banned.