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Apple reportedly removes education discount verification

Just days after implementing tighter controls on its discounted education pricing, Apple has removed the third-party controls, says a report.

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Apple users can still score a 10% education discount.

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Earlier this week, Apple made it harder for consumers to use its discounted education pricing, implementing a third-party site to verify student and faculty IDs. On Friday, however, Apple quietly removed the new requirement, according to a report by MacRumors.

Apple on Wednesday updated its website to ask users to register with Unidays to verify their status, but the site now has no such requirement when people seek to buy an Apple product using the education discount. 

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Apple's education pricing discount generally knocks off about 10% of the price of Apple products like desktops, laptops and tablets for students and educators. The discount is meant to apply for college students and teachers at all education levels.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.