Apple Confirms T2 Security Chip Blocking Unauthorised Repairs of New Mac Models


Cupertino giant, Apple, during the hardware event last month announced is plans of launching new MacBook Air and Mac mini models in its PC lineup. The newly launched models will be similar to the current MacBook Pro and iMac Pro range, and will also have Apple’s T2 Security Chip on the MacBook Air, which would help control Siri hands-free. It will also help avoid the microphone from recording audio when the lid over the laptop is closed. Apple recently confirmed that it has features to block certain third-party repairs on the newly launched Mac devices in addition to the T2 Security Chip. This will force the user to get them repaired from an Apple Store or an Apple Authorised Service Provider only.

Apple confirmed the news to The Verge and also stated that it has the feature to block certain unauthorized, third-party repairs for the newly launched Mac models, which were launched in October 2018. Apple publicly acknowledged the issue for the first time post its developments last month. However, Apple did not say reveal which parts would be rendered unserviceable. In addition to this, it did not specify whether the current MacBook Pro and iMac Pro (with T2 chip) will also be affected by this change.

A report in October was published just before the hardware launch, which claimed that the T2 Security Chip would prevent the repair of the logic board, Touch ID, keyboard, battery, trackpad, and speakers on the newly launched MacBook Pro models. On the iMac Pro, this was limited to the logic board and flash storage only. This was reported in order to eliminate independent repair stores from replacing these parts.

However, these claims were denied by another report which claimed that the display on the MacBook Pro 2018 could be replaced independently without the need to visit an Apple Store or any of the Apple Authorised Service Providers.

In all, Apple didn’t give much clarity on whether the block applies to previous models or no. Even then, this can be done via a software update in the near future as well.

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