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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[4]: Comment by The123king
By The123king on 2018-10-09 12:27:22
I'd like them to release a laptop that i can actually upgrade myself
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Its all fun and games
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-10-09 13:06:56
until Apple unleashes its Crazy Arm designs in macbooks. There is no PC answer for powerful, energy efficient arm notebooks. Apple could pull it off, pretty seemlessly. I'm guessing they are waiting to get more apps in the macstore, and getting to a point where their arm soc is dramatically better than intel, rather than just on par.
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RE[2]: Can you imagine
By rener on 2018-10-09 14:09:30
you mean M$ to glue their Surface's too? Well, given Apple's track record: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0... I will get a nice black ThinkPad next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l...
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RE[2]: No one is forcing you...
By Carewolf on 2018-10-09 14:33:53
You mean unless you have ThinkPad it is not worth repairing. Those are still designed to be repaired, and repairing them doesn't cost the same a buying a new device like with Apple crap
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Comment by stormcrow
By stormcrow on 2018-10-09 17:02:55
"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."

This would be fine for those of us that know about this in the tech community. But what about the art student that suddenly finds out when he tries to get his tech savvy friend to replace some component on his Macbook in the future that's out of warranty with some perfectly serviceable part from Ebay but now his Macbook won't boot?

It's not that Apple is doing that and we have a choice not to buy them, it's that Apple is doing it and not telling anyone that they're artificially blocking otherwise legit repairs. It's illegal to do this to cars in the US, and it SHOULD be illegal to do this to anything else that's repairable. At the very least it should be illegal to do this without informing customers up front and clearly (no fine print) that an Apple product can only be repaired by Apple dealers, not that it's just recommended.
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RE: True that...
By MysterMask on 2018-10-09 18:21:34
> Then I came to the conclusion that Linux actually had far more software applications available to it then Mac does.

1. I doubt that, since many Linux software solutions are available for macOS, too. See homebrew, fink, homebrew cask, etc.
2. Pure numbers don't tell the truth: The quality of many desktop Linux software solutions is less than "good enough". Commercial solutions are practically non-existent.
Both are available on macOS and shareware / freeware / .. solutions on macOS are normally of very high quality.
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RE[3]: No one is forcing you...
By MysterMask on 2018-10-09 18:26:30
> Apple crap

Envy? Poor fellow ..

<°)xxx)<<
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RE[2]: True that...
By gsyoungblood on 2018-10-09 19:28:22
A couple of thoughts, if you don't mind...

> 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


Beagle died long ago, was closest I've seen. I've been away from Linux desktop long enough I don't know what's out there comparable any more. I don't think anything is, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

> 2. Time Machine

This one's easy, put ZFS on your linux box (ZFS on Linux) and then find one of the auto snapshot scripts and add it to cron (or systemd or whatever approach you prefer) so it fires on your desired schedule. I use Linux for file server and have this and it's great. I use it to host my Time Machine backups as well, and if you do network Time Machines you know sometimes they get corrupted. If that happens I just restore an older (pre corruption) snapshot and I'm back in business without having recreate it from scratch.

If you want to back up to external drive, you can zfs send/recieve the snapshots to another machine/pool as well.


> 3. Keynote

Surely someone has a suggestion here. I've seen something but I can't remember what it was. It looked pretty good. hoping someone can point it out again.

> 4. MS Office.
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.


These are a bit tougher. I use Dropbox a lot. Is there a good Linux Dropbox client? I need to look. That last one though. It's arguable whether Mac has had no big changes in years. :) Some of the changes have been downright annoying!

One of the reasons I've begun looking to move away from Mac is the continual removal of little features here and there. I forget what it was that surprised me recently. I got a work around for most of them over time, but annoyed by the changes nonetheless. And don't even think about what they've done to Mac OS Server.. Have you seen what it is now? It's a JOKE! I don't see how they can seriously call it "Server" any more - I think they've removed most of the "server" components this last upgrade. Read the reviews. Oops sorry, starting to rant there a bit. :)
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RE[2]: True that...
By BlueofRainbow on 2018-10-09 23:10:13
This is one of the most rational reasoning by a Mac user for a continued strong preference for a Mac I have read in a very long time.

It is interesting that you are mentioning beginning to look at options for migration two years from now.

Maybe, Haiku which has just released R1 Beta 1 ( https://www.haiku-os.org/news/201... ), will have reached its R1 state by then.

Given that Haiku is inspired by BeOS, the article "Tales of a BeOS Refugee" written by Scot Hacker is still as relevant today as it was when published at the end of 2001 ( https://birdhouse.org/beos/refuge... ). With respect to Linux, its strength for server duties was applauded. However, its desktop was felt much to desire.
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RE[3]: No one is forcing you...
By emphyrio on 2018-10-10 02:50:22
It's not just repairs, also servicing. Compare a youtube instruction video for replacing the keyboard for the x220 (2 minutes) with one for the x240 (30 minutes) to see what I mean. In the first case I wouldn't hesitate to do it myself, in the second case it looks like too much of a bother with higher risk of messing up the system.

Edited 2018-10-10 02:53 UTC
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