Multiple reports out this week suggest that some of Apple's most advanced Mac computers (including its 2018 MacBook Pro and late-2017 iMac Pro) are likely to "cease functioning" if they are serviced for major repairs or after-market upgrades by anyone other than an Apple employee, Apple service representative, or third-party Apple Authorized Service Provider. For the iMac Pro, the lock is limited to the logic board and flash storage changes.
Apple's "walled garden" system of control is nothing new, not just with its software but also with its hardware.
"Two things bother me the most about Apple: one, that the service is really costly", says Aqil Kallangodan, a MacBook Pro user in Bangalore.
After a T2-equipped Apple system is repaired, it'll only boot up if a diagnostic software called Apple Service Toolkit 2 gives it a green signal.
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And many analysts see the unemployment rate continuing to decline this year, ramping up pressure on wages and prices. The latest drop in the jobless rate puts it further below Fed estimates of levels sustainable in the long run.
According to a pair of reports out today, it won't matter how good you are with computers: you won't be able to conduct certain repairs on the iMac Pro or the MacBook Pros that Apple launched in July.
If any of these parts are repaired in an iMac Pro or 2018 MacBook Pro, and the Apple diagnostics are not run, this will result in an inoperative system and an incomplete fix, according to Apple's directive to service providers. "Failure to perform this step will result in an inoperative system and an incomplete fix", Apple stated in an internal document, according to MacRumors.
Motherboard has also seen another document which states: "Apple Service Toolkit and Apple Service Toolkit 2 are available only to persons working at Apple-authorized service facilities". 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.
Apple previously had declined to supplant bad iPhone batteries if the devices breezed through a diagnostic test, but later offered genuine parts for substitutions. The firm is making this possible by using its native software diagnostic tool for repairing key parts of the devices.
Over the last few years, Apple has been taking the fight to third-party repairs with various legislative moves against the "Right to Repair".