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.
Firstly, I got given a Mac desktop and when I started exploring it I wondered firstly what all the hype was about and secondly where all Mac software lived… I understand that Mac has some software that musicians love and video makers love etc.. But I doubt that these same pieces of software are Mac only. Then I came to the conclusion that Linux actually had far more software applications available to it then Mac does, so the only reason one would own a Mac is if they were to dev for a Mac or iPhone… I could not justify it otherwise.
Secondly, I agree with Thoms statement “and even many non-premium Windows laptops are more than good enough replacements.” … This is so true… I purchased a cheap 17″ HP laptop with an AMD APU in it and use it for architectural design and programming and it is PERFECT.