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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: No one is forcing you...
By Sidux on 2018-10-10 09:59:23
Companies just want to cut down on operational costs.
In Apple's case at least they've made it pretty clear that they need more people to know how to code for their app ecosystem then to understand how a computer works and how to repair it.
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Comment by ilovebeer
By ilovebeer on 2018-10-10 19:43:05
I'm firmly of the belief that when you buy hardware, you own the hardware, not the hardware maker. Hardware makers should not have any legal right or special circumstance that allows them to vandalize your property either by artificially disabling/limiting it or by physical damage. These days it seems like companies get away with any b.s. tactics they want. To our lawmakers, protecting unreasonable profiteering is top priority while protecting consumers isn't even the slightest consideration.
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RE[3]: No one is forcing you...
By zima on 2018-10-11 17:19:37
> You mean unless you have ThinkPad it is not worth repairing. Those are still designed to be repaired
Also X1 Carbon ultrabooks?...
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RE: Its all fun and games
By zima on 2018-10-11 17:20:29
hm, maybe that's why Apple doesn't update its computer lines ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?... ), to have nicer plots of performance increases when they'll switch to ARM...
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RE[3]: True that...
By zima on 2018-10-11 17:21:25
> 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.
I imagine there might be some Ksearch thing?... ;P
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