Apple's new devices won't work if you upgrade them yourself

Planned obsolesce is everywhere, and we're shifting to a world in which the devices you buy are only licensed to you, not owned by you. This is true in every industry, from tractors to your Alexa-enabled microwave, and it's just gone to a new level with Apple's latest hardware. As part of what's referred to as "advanced security features," Apple's T2 security chip found in the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro will render a machine inoperable if Apple's internal diagnostics are not run. Because the T2 chipset is so embedded in the computer, this kicks in if you try to repair the display assembly, logic board, keyboard, touchpad, housing or Touch ID board. In other words, almost any type of self-initiated repair will result in a machine that won't work, locked out by proprietary software. On one hand, Apple's argument that security is top of mind makes a degree of sense –Apple blocks independent repair ↗