Leaked Apple memo reveals secret built-in ‘kill switch’

A leaked internal memo from Apple has sparked concerns that the company will dramatically restrict the ability of customers to repair their devices themselves or get replacement parts from third-party repair shops.

The memo was sent to Apple stores and authorized service providers outlining security features of Apple’s new T2 chip which appears in the latest iMac Pro and 2018 models of the MacBook Pro.

It revealed that certain repairs would require Apple’s proprietary software used by Genius workers in Apple stores and authorized repairers to be completed. Failure to run Apple diagnostics after certain parts are replaced in T2-equipped Macs and notebooks “will result in an inoperative system and an incomplete repair,” the memo said.

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