So isn’t it annoying that when you need somebody’s iPhone ID for setting them up for Ad Hoc distribution and the like, there’s no way to easily copy it from iTunes? Well, here’s a handy way to get it as text. Plug it in, and have them go to Terminal.app and enter
system_profiler SPUSBDataType | grep 'Serial Number'
and just tell them to copy the text that appears!
Serial Number: eb2342b2feh5209e845fa7428e60f27a5ef93b7d
Ah, that’s much easier than relying on screenshots or questionable transcription abilities, isn’t it now?
[EDIT: Well, ok then ... apparently sometime since I did my first provisioning, iTunes got smart enough to actually copy the phone's ID when displayed. See first comment. My, you readers are so clever!]
[EDIT 2: No, wait -- there's actually an app, Ad Hoc Helper, from the redoubtable Erica Sadun up on the App Store for free to have your intended tester just email it to you directly. There you go. Brandon wins for that tip!]Continue Reading →