Apple Refuses to fix a T2 failure - no evidence of water damage...

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  1. win32asmguy

    win32asmguy Moderator Moderator

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    The Mac Mini 2018 with a i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB boot drive isn't too bad for $1299. You can upgrade RAM to 32GB / 64GB relatively easily and attach an external storage drive for data. Ironically I think the Dan Case A4 SFX would look nicer than the Mac Mini with an eGPU and external storage on a desk but the Mini is a lot less hassle if you do not want to deal with hackintosh update issues.
     
  2. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

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    That's more reasonable but then there's the soldered SSD which is a none starter for me. Adding an external drive to compensate for the lack of storage specs just piles on. This could have been such a much better machine if Apple had designed the "new" Mac Mini with the customer in mind but they chose not too.

    If I were to configure a Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny Desktop today, with those specs it would cost $750. And the ThinkCentre has all proprietary parts, so I could easily upgrade the M2 Storage card, upgrade the RAM or add a standard laptop HDD all within 5 minutes.

    I purchased a ThinkCentre Tiny with almost identical specs to the base 2018 Mac mini except I added a 256GB M2 Storage card for $398 vs the 2018 Mac Mini $999. MacOS is nice but it's no longer that nice with the two other competing OS's out there.

    Yeah I prefer not to deal with Hackintosh issues and just use a Mac. But the big question is if Apple down the road will block users from booting from an external drive. I wouldn't put it past them. I'm still surprised Microsoft has not changed it's policy on this as well given that Windows is essentially a free product now.
     
  3. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    If 2080 worked my laptop would be portable as a Mac and I wouldn't need Radeon VII.

    I have a feeling we won't be getting updated GPU drivers at all for nVidia GPUs.

    It's a shame the current lineup is trash. My 2013 Retina MBP is a beast for its time, has HDMI, SD card slot, etc etc.
     
  4. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Apple has now added a confidence destroying error message to the iphone Xr / Xs / Xs Max such that after it notices a battery change it will say "battery needs service" even if it is replaced with a brand new battery out of another iphone Xr / Xs / Xs Max, perhaps there is service software available only to Apple that allows that message to be turned off when the battery is replaced?

    Apple's NEXT move in the war on repair.
    Louis Rossmann
    Published on Aug 7, 2019
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nGnA...
    https://www.ifixit.com/News/apple-is-locking-batteries-to-iphones-now


    Apple Is Locking iPhone Batteries to Discourage Repair
    Craig Lloyd, @craiglloyd, August 7, 2019
    https://www.ifixit.com/News/apple-is-locking-batteries-to-iphones-now

    The "SERVICE" issue in XR XS & XS Max Batteries | is APPLE taking part lock down TOO FAR?
    TheArtofRepair
    Published on Aug 6, 2019
    On this Episode of the Art of Repair, Justin goes over a potentially HUGE Right to Repair issue concerning APPLE BATTERIES. Could this issue be more widespread and locked down in the next iPhone?
     
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  5. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

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    And the crApple apologists over at Mac Rumors are saying good for Apple not allowing repairs because they have a standard to meet. So then why is this guy making money showing how crAppy Apple is at doing it's own repairs?

    Unsurprisingly many of the Mac Rumors crApple apologists who thinks this guy is a weasel for speaking truth about crApple.

    Have fun reading thru all the apologist posts in these two threads:

    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...ill-be-repaired-safely-and-correctly.2192819/

    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...age-third-party-replacements-updated.2192943/
     
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  6. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

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    What I see on the horizon is Apple treating MacOS updates like how they do it with iOS. I can envision the T2 chip locking out any future downgrades like Apple does with iOS after a certain period of time. So once you upgrade the OS and after Apple quits signing that version of MacOS, your Mac is locked out from any future downgrades and the T2 chip will make sure of it. That's just a guess on what I see in the future.

    The update system has slowly taken on a similar delivery system in MacOS Mojave to how it's currently done in iOS. That's why I think that's where this could be all headed to, so less control for the user and more control for Apple. And once Apple decides your Mac will no longer get any future support it stays stuck on that last OS and I can even see the T2 chip making it difficult if not impossible to install Linux.

    Or as that famous line in a Seinfeld episode: "No soup for you !"
     
  7. LarrySB

    LarrySB Notebook Enthusiast

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    Or so says Rossman. He gets a lot of mileage out of talking smack. I have no desire to defend Apple or their practices. Nor do I agree completely with Rossman's rhetoric either.

    I just retired a Late 2013 MBP 15, that's literally been around the world with me. It still works, never been apart. 6 years is a lot to get out of a notebook. I've worn the letters off many keys, that's how much I've used it.

    Can't be all bad.
     
  8. electrosoft

    electrosoft Tick Tock Clarice....

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    The 2012-2015 MBPs were much better keyboard and repairability wise than the 2016+ models. I hated giving up my 2015 for the 2016+ models, but I had to go with what was assigned.
     
  9. ssj92

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    Still using my late 2013 macbook pro. Waiting for a day apple releases a true successor
     
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