MacBook can no longer be repaired in third-party workshops

Written by Hassan Abbas

Apple fully controls the replacement of components in their computers. Either you go to the official store, or you get a brick. On October 5, foreign publications reported that Apple was “spinning” its laptops and desktops after repairs in third-party workshops. The guys from the reputable portal iFixit understood the problem in detail and learned that Apple had not fully activated its “secret switch”.

The main essence of media reports was that the new MacBook and iMac with Apple T2 chip cannot be repaired in third-party workshops. Protection works in such a way that after the replacement of certain components, a special software called Apple Service Toolkit 2 (AST 2) performs diagnostics and determines not the original hardware. After that, the device allegedly becomes a useless brick and must be carried to an official Apple repair center.


The list of such components includes the display, motherboard, case, Touch ID panel and several others. If you change them in the Apple store, the local craftsmen will run diagnostics and the device will remain in working condition.

However, representatives of iFixit conducted their own testing: they bought a new MacBook Pro 2018 with Touch Bar and personally replaced the display in it. The computer normally loaded and worked. After that, for a clean experiment, the laptop was updated to macOS Mojave and the motherboard was replaced – everything remained in working condition. Apparently, everything is not so bad, but Apple can always do as described in the foreign media, that is, toughen up the protection. This has already happened. What is the famous “Error 53”.

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Most likely, the AST software still performs the function of controlling the use of spare components. Apparently, some of these parts are “bad” and the diagnosis does not work with them. In the long term, the use of such hard checks will have a negative impact on those users who live far from authorized repair centers. The conclusion here suggests only one: Apple owns and manages your computers, and you only rent them.

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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