It has just come to light that the UIDevice uniqueIdentifier property is deprecated in iOS 5 and unavailable in iOS 7 and above. No alternative method or property appears to be available or forthcoming.
Many of our existing apps are tightly dependent on this property for uniquely identifying a particular device. How might we handle this problem going forward?
The suggestion from the documentation in 2011-2012 was:
Do not use the uniqueIdentifier property. To create a unique identifier specific to your app, you can call the
CFUUIDCreatefunction to create a
UUID, and write it to the defaults database using the
However this value won't be the same if a user uninstalls and re-installs the app.