The photo sent to 9to5mac shows a MacBook Pro whose motherboard has been changed. It is connected by USB-C to a powered block, itself attached to a bench on which the defective motherboard is placed. This custom-designed assembly will focus on transferring user Data Recovery Services from the old SSD to the new one housed in the laptop.

This service will be offered to customers still under warranty or to holders of an AppleCare warranty extension. A priori, it will not be charged. Apple won’t commit to completing the transfer, but at least it will try. This scenario may also arise in the event of a malfunction of the wireless chip or the Touch ID, because both are attached to the motherboard. 

They cannot be replaced without changing the card, and vice versa. However, repairers will have the necessary equipment to recalibrate the Touch ID sensor. Such problems, which are easier to correct, can appear over time and do not require major intervention.

This new service, linked to soldered SSDs, had begun to emerge thanks to a dismantling of iFixit. The site had noticed a new connector on the Twitter motherboard of the Touch Bar models. He had deduced that it could well be used for this after-sales service function. Mac Bidouille had received confirmation of this later.

The without Touch Bar does not have this connector since its SSD is removable. Conversely, Retina Mac Books have soldered SSDs. But at the time of their design, Apple may not have haven’t had the idea yet to add this after-sales service connector to them?