Apple has a history of bricking iPhones when a third-party shop tries to repair them, only to apologize and reverse its policy when users complain. The company doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson though, because it’s decided to extend this pattern to the latest 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac Pro.
MacRumors has obtained an internal document circulating within Apple which details the company’s approach. According to the current system, the 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac Pro have to pass Apple diagnostics for certain repairs to be finished.
Apple’s Mac Lock Software
If Apple’s diagnostic tool isn’t run, the device will become inoperative and the repair will be incomplete. The problem is, only Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers have access to the entire Apple Service Toolkit. Independent repair outlets who aren’t Apple-certified won’t be able to fix the computers as a result.
Any repair involving the 2018 MacBook Pro’s display, Touch ID, logic board, speakers, battery, keyboard, and trackpad will result in a bricked device. Fixing the iMac Pro’s logic board and flash storage will similarly freeze it if there’s no diagnostic follow-up.
It seems Apple’s new T2 chip is to blame for all this. The SoC handles security for the Mac, performing various tasks like authenticating Touch ID, ensuring a secure boot, and encrypting storage. It also integrates parts which previously had nothing to do with each other like the ISP, SSD controller, audio controller, and system management controller.
All this extra security and integration means each 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac Pro has to pass Apple’s muster so that the brand can make sure there haven’t been any security violations. Still, there should be a way around this rule since many people depend on third-party shops, especially after the warranty period is over and repairs get extremely expensive.
We’ll let you know if Apple changes its mind, again.