Apple Implants Kill Switch On 2018 MacBook Pro To Prevent Tampering


So if you own an Apple device fitted with a T2 chip you won't be able to carry out repairs yourself or take it to a fix shop that isn't certified by Apple. If someone replaces the RAM on the mac with the T2 chip included MacBook or the iMac, then the device will not be able to detect that part, as the information about the specific hardware will not be present on the T2 chip and the device will not turn on.

The new policy affects repairs for the 2018 MacBook Pro's display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, casing, keyboard, battery, trackpad, speakers and internal logic board, MacRumors said. For the most part, that's really only affected the mobile side of Apple. For example, you can still swap out certain external pieces, like the MacBook Pro's bottom case or the iMac Pro's back panel.

Locked computers will only run after an Apple authorized service center runs diagnostic software named Apple Service Toolkit 2 on them.

This software, called Apple Service Toolkit 2, is only provided by Apple to its Authorized Service Providers, and without it, any repairs to the aforementioned parts will result in "an inoperative system and an incomplete repair".

The tech giant is reportedly using a proprietary system configuration software to verify repairs, according to internal documents obtained by Motherboard and MacRumors. But with the introduction of the T2 chip, Apple switched from deterring repairs to outright blocking them by anyone other than Apple authorized service providers.

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As of now, this feature (the T2 chip) is only available on the Apple MacBook Pro 2018 and the iMac Pro.

Per a separate report from Motherboard, only Apple's Authorized Service Providers will have access to Apple Service Toolkit 2, so this means these repairs can't be completed at independent fix shops. Otherwise, the device will be rendered an "an inoperative system and an incomplete fix". AppleCare is much like insurance which you may never actually use - which ends up putting "free" money in Apple's pockets. One could also speculate that Apple is looking to push more people into AppleCare.

What do you think of Apple's latest moves?

Apple for several years trying to deal with so-called "laws on right to repair" that would force technology companies to provide parts and instructions for both users and third-party professional fix.

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