Apple is reported to be using a new software to block unauthorized third-party repairs of its latest range of Mac devices which include the 2018 MacBook Pro models and the iMac Pro models. This has been done reportedly to prevent unauthorized access to the Apple T2 chips that are used on the current generation of Apple Mac devices. This fact is reported to have been procured from an internal Apple document that states that any unauthorized repair may make the device inoperative or even lock the system. This is probably due to the advanced security features of the Apple T2 chip that could be vulnerable after unauthorized repairs.
As per a report by MacRumors, the software on the MacBook Pro 2018 prevents the repair of parts including the display, keyboard, Touch ID, logic board, battery, trackpad, and the speakers. For the Apple iMac Pro, unauthorized repair is limited to logic boards and flash storage. Since the proprietary Apple software is only available at official Apple repair stores, it will prevent unauthorized third-party stores to repair these parts.
The MacRumors report further states that the new T2 chip integrates several components of the new MacBook Pro and iMac Pro models that include an image signal controller, audio controller, system management controller, and an SSD controller. The new Apple T2 chip also includes a SecureEnclave coprocessor for improving the Touch ID.
Another report from Motherboard states that the Apple diagnostic suite only functions when it is connected to Apple’s cloud-based Global Service Exchange server which further requires a valid Apple ID for access.
This move by Apple seems to have been taken to prevent fraudulent repairs of its range of laptops while it also hints in creating a central command for its products. This move ensures that Apple’s upcoming range of laptops and desktops will no longer be serviceable at third party repair stores and help the company to control the repair process.