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Apple software reportedly bricks third-party MacBook Pro repairs

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Melba Vasquez | 08 October, 2018, 00:54

The Apple T2 chip has a lot of different functionality, including the Secure Enclave, SSD encryption keys, TouchID data, and secure boot features to prevent anybody from being able to modify the hardware and attempt to get access to your encrypted data.

The part swap was made with an identical MacBook Pro model from earlier this year, which also saw its logic board replaced and then updated to the new macOS Mojave, and this machine also continue to work without problems.

The security check applies to repairs including the motherboard of the device, display, Touch ID, and keyboard, battery, trackpad, and speakers for 2018 MacBook Pro.

These tactics aren't limited to just Apple. This means all the 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac pro models.

As you've probably guessed, Apple only makes the diagnostic software available to its own stores and authorized service providers.

Previous reports indicated that replacing certain parts on Apple devices equipped with the custom T2 chip requires proprietary software to complete the repairing, otherwise the devices become unusable. Needless to say, Apple's diagnostics requirement has been met with some resistance from third party and independent fix shops, and with good reason. It will only be unlocked if the Service Toolkit 2 is used by an Authorized Service Provider.

Leaked documents obtained by Motherboard indicate that recent changes to Apple's policies regarding repairs may make it nearly impossible for you to fix your malfunctioning 2018 MacBook Pro or iMac Pro without going to an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

As of now, 19 states in the USA have proposed legislation regarding right-to-repair rules, but none of them have passed a bill that prohibits the use of proprietary diagnostic software. The company has also long taken a hard-line stance on security and privacy, making it possible that these precautions are in place to protect users from unauthorized parts that can damage the computer or impact the user's data, something that resurfaced in the news this week in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek story. Apple is fighting this legislation; public records show that Apple is lobbying against the bill in NY, where lobbying records must be disclosed to the public.

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