Small Verizon iPad 2 recall explained: they were clones


Apple confirmed that they indeed did recall what they referred to as an “extremely small number” of Verizon iPad 2 3G units last week. The company’s announcement also detailed the reason for the recall. They said that these iPad 2 units were accidentally flashed with identical MEIDs, effectively making them all clones of one iPad. Obviously, each MEID is supposed to be absolutely unique to only one iPad, so this would have rendered the iPads unusable on the Verizon network, which would have seen them as duplicate entries of a single device.

The MEID is a unique identifier used by Verizon Wireless to identify each phone and iPad, similar to the UDID used by Apple for the same purpose. Nearly all, if not all, of the recalled units were recalled before being sold to customers. Some were in transit at the time of the recall, and customers noticed that their package tracking indicated the iPad had turned around and returned to sender.

Your Verizon iPad 2 is most likely not affected at all by this recall, so there’s no need to do anything. If by some odd chance you did happen to receive one of the affected iPad 2s, Apple has a list of the affected serial numbers. This is, of course, extremely unlikely.

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