Apple Reveals That Security Chip In Newer Macs Block Some Third-Party Repairs

Most people turn to companies like Tecrep24 computer repair services in order to get their computer back in working order. In the modern age where such devices are practically a necessity, few are willing to let computer problems run amok.

That is a bit of a problem with MacBook owners, particularly with the newer models, and tech giant Apple shed some light as to why. In their annual October event, where they announce their latest hardware releases, like their newest MacBook Pro, which come equipped with the security chip and co-processor, the T2. According to the company, the T2 checks what replacement parts are in a machine, only allowing parts from authorized sources, effectively locking out third-party options like Tecrep24 computer repair services or the like.

Apple explained that the T2 checks for certain components in particular in newer Macs, naming the Touch ID sensor and the logic board. However, the tech giant refused to provide a list of repairs that the T2 chip would only accept from ‘authorized’ sources, or what devices were affected. They refused to divulge any additional information on the matter.

While the T2 chip acts a powerful co-processor, allowing for some of the key tasks modern Macs handle, some of which are rather sophisticated. Critics, however, have expressed concern that the chip’s features could shut out DIY and third-party repair options. According to an internal Apple document acquired by the media, the T2 chip could outright brick a computer if certain components are replaced, unless it detects a special diagnostic software.

Thus, if owners want their Apple devices repaired, they’d need to turn to an official Apple Store, or any repair shop that’s a member of Apple’s Authorized Service Provider (ASP) network. If an owner wanted to fix or rebuild certain parts of the devices themselves, the acquired document all but states they can’t.

Apple has taken heat over this, firstly due to the fact that Apple devices are notorious in the industry for being difficult to repair due to several factors, all stemming from company decisions, which leave the majority of iPhone and Mac owners dependant on Apple or its ASP network to get repair done.

On top of that, Apple has also openly opposed right-to-repair legislation that would require them, by law, to share repair tools and instructions to non-ASP network repair shops and all customers, DIY hobbyists included. Not only would this manner be more expensive, but it’s also something environmental advocates are against, as they think it is complicating global efforts to cut down on e-waste.