Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs



  • This article from 2002 about printer companies chipping their cartridge seems strangely relevant.

    EU bans printer cartridge chips
    Here's an exerpt :

    hp claims that the chips used in their printer cartridges don't prohibit reuse. they say that only 10% of their cartridges include chips that monitor the level of ink in the cartridge. thus, the only negative effect from refilling an hp ink cartridge with an embedded chip should be loss of the features of that chip, and not loss of use of the cartridge itself.

    We can say HP is a big evil corporation or we can look at it from a business perspective and see how the incentive to screw you is there.

    Eliminating competition on an extremely high profit item is brilliant. Not to mention that the item is a consumable for the device you already sold the customer. It will 100% fail. With a mac or iPhone battery, it may not fail on you if you buy a new device every 2 years. The guy that buys your old device eventually replaces the battery.

    Oh and if you get stopped , it's a slap on the wrist with no money lost. Only money gained for as long as the scheme works.



  • @IRJ said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    I have a serious problem when a device cannot be audited by a customer. If you want a sticker fine, but sabotaging the device is insane and should be illegal.

    AFAIK it is illegal. Just in the US, giant companies are mostly immune to prosecution.



  • Thank goodness Apple has their hardware made in China so we can be sure that nothing nefarious could ever happen to it before we get it.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Thank goodness Apple has their hardware made in China so we can be sure that nothing nefarious could ever happen to it before we get it.

    But even apple is hedging against that - They have plants in Texas so I read.



  • @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Thank goodness Apple has their hardware made in China so we can be sure that nothing nefarious could ever happen to it before we get it.

    But even apple is hedging against that - They have plants in Texas so I read.

    So because it's in the US, it's free from tampering?



  • @IRJ said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Thank goodness Apple has their hardware made in China so we can be sure that nothing nefarious could ever happen to it before we get it.

    But even apple is hedging against that - They have plants in Texas so I read.

    So because it's in the US, it's free from tampering?

    😅 Let me introduce you to your friendly national government, who only wants what's best for you!



  • Yeah I kind of have an issue with this. . .

    It's my device, if I want Joe from the mall kiosk to replace whatever in my device, that is my right to do, and I'd be the responsible person who risk the device being broken further or compromised with non-oem parts.

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Which also kind of irks me. . .



  • @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    When was the last time Apple made legitimate repair parts available, even internally? It's been quite a while from my knowledge.



  • @travisdh1 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    When was the last time Apple made legitimate repair parts available, even internally? It's been quite a while from my knowledge.

    Who honestly knows, every time we have to take one of these bricks in for service they just ship it out. And that's only because these things break down within the first year and are covered under warranty a lot of the time.

    Other things like spilled coffee etc, cost upwards of $400 to replace if using Apples' Repair Service. It would cost maybe $100 using a third party. .



  • @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @scottalanmiller said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Thank goodness Apple has their hardware made in China so we can be sure that nothing nefarious could ever happen to it before we get it.

    But even apple is hedging against that - They have plants in Texas so I read.

    That probably makes things worse.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Read: I understand greed and a desire to break the law to make a quick buck and using dishonesty to try to cover it up because they don't respect their customers.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Other things like spilled coffee etc, cost upwards of $400 to replace if using Apples' Repair Service. It would cost maybe $100 using a third party. .

    I did a full finger print reader replacement in Panama (where Apple doesn't offer service at all) and screen replacement for $100. Now, the device would be bricked just from cracking the screen.

    Since Apple doesn't have a supply chain into many of their markets, this is simply going to force people to buy new devices rather than to repair at all. There is a LOT more greed and dishonesty going on here than it would seem at first glance to a mostly American or European audience.



  • Basically, if you are not in a first world country, this should effectively take Apple products off of the table for you.



  • Or if you just travel to a non-first world country. If you ever need your device to be repairable and aren't near an Apple Store. Even if you just live in the half of the US that doesn't have reasonable access to an Apple Store.

    And to make things worse, outside of the US, there are big box mall stores that look very similar to the Apple Store that pretend to be the official store, and without any official Apple competitors, locals have no means of differentiating as Apple totally snubs them.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Yeah I kind of have an issue with this. . .

    It's my device, if I want Joe from the mall kiosk to replace whatever in my device, that is my right to do, and I'd be the responsible person who risk the device being broken further or compromised with non-oem parts.

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Which also kind of irks me. . .

    Why do you call it a guise? If Apple doesn't make the interconnect APIs available, who knows what those knockoff people are making.

    I'm back to the point where the device should likely just hit you with a warning every 24 hours that you might have compromised shit installed - but I'm guessing that Scott and others will be against that level of frequency.

    I'm against a one time notice of there being a perceived security issue in the device.



  • @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Yeah I kind of have an issue with this. . .

    It's my device, if I want Joe from the mall kiosk to replace whatever in my device, that is my right to do, and I'd be the responsible person who risk the device being broken further or compromised with non-oem parts.

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Which also kind of irks me. . .

    Why do you call it a guise? If Apple doesn't make the interconnect APIs available, who knows what those knockoff people are making.

    I'm back to the point where the device should likely just hit you with a warning every 24 hours that you might have compromised shit installed - but I'm guessing that Scott and others will be against that level of frequency.

    I'm against a one time notice of there being a perceived security issue in the device.

    I'm not against a notification -- but every 24 hours seems excessive. Maybe a 30 second notification every reboot -- something that doesn't require any action other than waiting the 30 seconds.



  • @dafyre said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Yeah I kind of have an issue with this. . .

    It's my device, if I want Joe from the mall kiosk to replace whatever in my device, that is my right to do, and I'd be the responsible person who risk the device being broken further or compromised with non-oem parts.

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Which also kind of irks me. . .

    Why do you call it a guise? If Apple doesn't make the interconnect APIs available, who knows what those knockoff people are making.

    I'm back to the point where the device should likely just hit you with a warning every 24 hours that you might have compromised shit installed - but I'm guessing that Scott and others will be against that level of frequency.

    I'm against a one time notice of there being a perceived security issue in the device.

    I'm not against a notification -- but every 24 hours seems excessive. Maybe a 30 second notification every reboot -- something that doesn't require any action other than waiting the 30 seconds.

    But this is just an "you may have been" there is no proof that something has been compromised. Just the possibility because a non approved person or company has worked on property you own.

    I think any notification that would force you to wait, period would be overly intrusive.



  • @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Yeah I kind of have an issue with this. . .

    It's my device, if I want Joe from the mall kiosk to replace whatever in my device, that is my right to do, and I'd be the responsible person who risk the device being broken further or compromised with non-oem parts.

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Which also kind of irks me. . .

    Why do you call it a guise? If Apple doesn't make the interconnect APIs available, who knows what those knockoff people are making.

    I'm back to the point where the device should likely just hit you with a warning every 24 hours that you might have compromised shit installed - but I'm guessing that Scott and others will be against that level of frequency.

    I'm against a one time notice of there being a perceived security issue in the device.

    That's a false warning and anti-security. That's the kind of crap I would expect Apple to pull to make people think that legit stuff is scary.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @dafyre said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @Dashrender said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    @DustinB3403 said in Some New Macs Risk Bricking from Third Party Repairs:

    Yeah I kind of have an issue with this. . .

    It's my device, if I want Joe from the mall kiosk to replace whatever in my device, that is my right to do, and I'd be the responsible person who risk the device being broken further or compromised with non-oem parts.

    On the other side of the conversation I understand Apple's reasoning for this and it's sounds like they simply want users to use OEM only parts, but they use this guise of "for security".

    Which also kind of irks me. . .

    Why do you call it a guise? If Apple doesn't make the interconnect APIs available, who knows what those knockoff people are making.

    I'm back to the point where the device should likely just hit you with a warning every 24 hours that you might have compromised shit installed - but I'm guessing that Scott and others will be against that level of frequency.

    I'm against a one time notice of there being a perceived security issue in the device.

    I'm not against a notification -- but every 24 hours seems excessive. Maybe a 30 second notification every reboot -- something that doesn't require any action other than waiting the 30 seconds.

    But this is just an "you may have been" there is no proof that something has been compromised. Just the possibility because a non approved person or company has worked on property you own.

    I think any notification that would force you to wait, period would be overly intrusive.

    Right, you MAY have been compromised with Apple's own stuff, too. But they would "conveniently" not show a warning. Therefore the warning would have nothing to do with risk, and everything to do with FUD.