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Apple's secret repair kill switch hasn't been activated - yet
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-10-09 00:38:54

Even though the Mac line has grown less repairable over time, fixers have still managed to develop techniques for performing essential screen and battery repairs - until now. According to an internal Apple service document, any Mac with an Apple T2 chip now requires the proprietary 'Apple Service Toolkit 2 (AST 2) System Configuration Suite' (whew, that's a mouthful!) to complete certain repairs. This issue has received extensive coverage, but we wanted to perform some lab testing before we took our shot. Let's break down what all this means first.

This is inevitable - Macs have becoming ever more closed and less repairable for years now. This sucks - but at the same time, nobody is forcing you to buy a Mac. There are countless premium Windows and Linux laptops out there that are just as good, and even many non-premium Windows laptops are more than good enough replacements.

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RE[5]: Can you imagine
By The123king on 2018-10-09 07:48:59
Just because something is pretty, doesn't mean it's not repairable. NExTcube, Power MacG5, HP Z600, PDP-8. The4se are all fantastically pretty machines, whioch are all very much repairable
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RE[6]: Can you imagine
By The1stImmortal on 2018-10-09 07:51:20
"form over function"
managing both is striking a balance.
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RE: Comment by The123king
By ultrabill on 2018-10-09 09:12:58
> This is what Apple should have stuck to. Large "Pro" machines, built like tanks and user expandable (and maybe a chunk of "Apple Tax" to put off general consumers) with smaller, more portable and unexpandable machines for joe public to buy.
Apple sell high-priced products for people who can buy them. As long as they have customers, why would you want them to change?
Companies like Chanel, Jaeger-Lecoultre or say Porsche will never sell cheap products for average Joe. Mass market is a strategy, luxuary product is another one.

Some people can't buy Apple product? Sorry about that, they have to earn more money or buy something else, don't call for a cheap product. Sad but true...
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It's not the hardware stupid....
By A.Dev on 2018-10-09 09:34:03
As a user of Windows, MacOS and Linux pretty much every day in my experience people buy Macs ( particular these days ) not because of the hardware, but despite it.

They buy it because of the software - it used to be third party stuff, but now it's mostly MacOS itself.

I feel Apple's current strategy of being consumer focused is rather short term - if it loses developers, it loses everything. Yep - laptops may be a shrinking market - but where do you think your phone apps are developed?

It used to be if I went to a scientific or technical conference it was the machine of choice - the right mix of high quality publishing, scientific & software development tools; rock solid stability and great hardware ( eg track pad streets ahead ) with everything working *together*.

However today, it's becoming less prevalent.

Fix the poor keyboards, lack of high end memory and storage etc. I don't need the laptop to be any thinner.

That's not to say Linux isn't without it's problems ( desktop crashing, graphic driver problems, package dependency hell ).

Today it feels like Apple is coasting, without any real direction. What does Apple stand for today?
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RE[2]: Comment by The123king
By The123king on 2018-10-09 09:59:37
There's a difference between a $750 Macbook Air and a $2500 Macbook Pro. If you're looking for an Apple laptop for school or college (which, lets be honest, a lot of college kids do), you're likely to go for a cheaper model, such as the Macbook Air. If you're going to be using it in a professional environment, where performance isimportant, you'll get a Pro, and spend the extra $1750.

And yes, unless you've been living under a rock, joe public buy a lot of entry level macbooks. Go into any Starbucks, school cafeteria or university campus.
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RE: It's not the hardware stupid....
By The123king on 2018-10-09 10:04:18
I don't want to join the "Hurr Duhh Steve Jobs is God" crowd, but i've noticed the quality of all Apple products has taken a dive since the untimely demise of Steve.

I don't think they have any direction anymore. They're too busy counting all the cash that comes in and can't devote enough time to create actual decent quality products any more.

My next laptop will probably be a Dell XPS
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RE[3]: Comment by The123king
By ultrabill on 2018-10-09 11:03:37
So what do you complain about?
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RE: True that...
By haakin on 2018-10-09 11:26:15
I can explain my reasons (I would be happy to come back to Linux if I could find a nice alternative to all these things):

1. Spotlight creates a database with the information of documents, emails and more. It's superfast to find documents and emails based on contents, dates, etc. I use it everyday. I have looked for a similar tool for Linux, but it seems that nothing is available. Beagle was an option, but I believe it died several years ago.

2. Time Machine, an hourly backup. It has saved my *ss several times. I think that there are few options in Linux, but I'm not sure if they are as easy to use as Time Machine.

3. Keynote is a really nice presentation program. I know that LibreOffice has one too, but I find it almost unusable. I have tried to use it several times, but I have found it quite horrible everytime. Matter of taste, I think.

4. MS Office. I don't use MS Office frequently (I prefer LibreOffice), but sometimes it's the only option (documents with macros, for example).

5. Integration with icloud is rather nice and useful, but Dropbox could be mostly fine too.

6. A nice and stable desktop. No big changes in years.

Edited 2018-10-09 11:27 UTC
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RE[2]: True that...
By nicubunu on 2018-10-09 11:35:16
And I do photography, graphics and DTP work and I happen to enjoy Linux native applications for those tasks. And Linux is my working desktop for more than 15 years already. Still, the truth is, desktop Linux has many rough edges. And that is, I suspect, because the developers don't bother to implement the last mile of polishing, they like better to reinvent the wheel.
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RE[3]: Can you imagine
By laffer1 on 2018-10-09 12:06:14
A computer can be both. My primary desktop is an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 + 32GB RAM + 3 SSDs + 1 2TB HDD, and a Saphire R9 Fury Nitro in an Thermaltake P5 case with a custom water loop.

The loop is simply to keep it quiet. The GPU ran at about 80C under load prior to water cooling. Now the CPU + GPU run at about 42C under load.

I do miss the Sun hardware from the 90s though.
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