Apple is introducing a new internal USB-C Diagnostic Tool as a successor to its existing Serial Number Reader, which can be used to both collect a device’s serial number directly from its logic board and test power on a device itself.
With only a Lightning version previously available, images have surfaced of a new USB-C Diagnostic Tool (UDT) that appears to be known as “ChimpSWD” internally. The new tool was produced for compatibility with Apple’s iPad Pro lineup, which has been USB-C based since 2018.
Apple is introducing a new probe to its family. We are talking about the SNR successor.
Let me introduce you UDT (USB-C Diagnostic Tool), probably some of you know it already as ChimpSWD. #AppleInternal pic.twitter.com/y2WzdMFTLA
— Giulio Zompetti (@1nsane_dev) May 29, 2020
Based on the above information, it appears a technician should connect the UDT to the Hardware Diagnostic Interface (HDI) Mac using the appropriate cable and the other end to the target device to correctly utilize the new tool and obtain diagnostic information.
Apple has informed service providers that its Apple Service Toolkit 2 diagnostic system has been updated to support HDI Serial Number Reader for the first-generation 11-inch iPad Pro and third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro using the new USB-C Diagnostic Tool. Support for the latest second-generation 11-inch model and fourth-generation 12.9-inch model will follow at a later date.
Saturday May 30, 2020 4:00 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
Apple today doubled the price for upgrading the RAM on the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, with customers in the United States now being charged $200 to move from 8GB to 16GB compared to the previous $100 upgrade price. Similar increases are seen in other countries, such as moving from €125 to €250 in Germany and from £100 to £200 in the United Kingdom.
Current pricing on RAM upgrade for …
Friday May 29, 2020 12:36 pm PDT by Juli Clover
There are tons of hidden features and shortcuts for Macs that Apple has built into macOS over the years, ranging from shortcuts to keyboard commands to other little hacks to make Mac usage just a bit simpler. In our latest YouTube video, we highlighted several of these tips and tricks, and some of them might just be new to you.
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Thursday May 28, 2020 9:50 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
Apple today began selling certified refurbished iPhone XR models in select colors and capacities for the first time in the United States. Refurbished iPhone XR models are priced at a roughly 16 percent discount compared to current pricing on brand-new units, knocking $100–120 off of the regular price.
In addition to the 64GB and 128GB capacities matching current brand-new iPhone XR models, …
This week saw an interesting mix of news and rumors on the Apple front, led by the release of macOS 10.15.5, which brings a new battery health feature to newer Mac notebooks, while we also saw the official announcement of new colors for the Powerbeats Pro earphones.
On the rumor front, we heard a few tidbits about not just this year’s iPhone 12 but also next year’s iPhone, while we saw…
Friday May 29, 2020 10:00 am PDT by Eric Slivka
Following a couple of leaks in recent weeks, Beats today is officially announcing four new colors for its Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones: Spring Yellow, Cloud Pink, Lava Red, and Glacier Blue. The new earphones will go on sale June 9 and sell for the same $249.95 price as the existing color options.
Aside from the colors, the new Powerbeats Pro models are otherwise identical to the…
Thursday May 28, 2020 8:13 am PDT by Eric Slivka
With the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.5 and related security updates for macOS Mojave and High Sierra earlier this week, Apple is making it more difficult for users to ignore available software updates and remain on their current operating system versions.
Included in the release notes for macOS Catalina 10.15.5 is the following:- Major new releases of macOS are no longer hidden when…
Wednesday May 27, 2020 4:27 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The next-generation iPhone 12 lineup coming in fall 2020 isn’t out yet, but Fudge (@choco_bit), a leaker who sometimes shares information on upcoming Apple devices, today offered up details on what Apple has in store for the 2021 iPhone 13’s camera setup.
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Thursday May 28, 2020 10:50 am PDT by Juli Clover
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Bluetooth accessory maker Tile has written to the European Union accusing Apple of abuse of power and of illegally favoring its own products.
According to a report by Financial Times, in a letter sent on Tuesday to the European Commissioner for Competition, the accessory maker said that Apple is making it harder for users to use Tile products on iPhone because it has its own rival Find My…