Apple confirmed this week that the T2 security chip, which is part of the latest version of the MacBook, does not allow for some repairs to be performed outside the authorized service of the company. More specifically, the obstacles concern parts of the logic board and the Touch ID biometric system.
Both rely on authentication software provided by the manufacturer only for official repair centers or certified partners. As a result, other workshops will not be able to perform unauthorized repairs, with experts even claiming that the T2 chip will be able to block these actions on all components of the computer due to the certification requirements for parts placed on the machine.
Last week, when the news appeared, Apple was severely criticized for trying to exercise more control over the technical services sector. He has already been attacked with greater emphasis on supplying spare parts for his products, and now with the introduction of T2, knife and cheese on hand should limit their users to official or certified repair centers.
However, in the tests, iFixIt was recognized to be able to completely replace the logic board, screen, and touch bars in the recent MacBook Pro using components removed from another device of the same model. In these cases, no verification requirements have been detected and the device is functioning normally. Everything, of course, can change if Apple activates validation because many experts point out that it may end.
The company has not yet confirmed that the same hurdle to fix is the iMacs Pro launched in 2017, where it debuted the T2 chip. The idea is that no, as these devices do not have a touch ID for biometric identification and as such do not fall under the safety requirements of the label to justify the need for notebook authentication.
Source: The Verge
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