Apple has a new USB-C Diagnostic Tool that will replace the existing Serial Number Reader, according to a new report. It can be used to collect a device’s serial number directly from its logic board.
A similar version of the tool was already available to Apple technicians who needed to get information from a device, but it only supported Apple’s own Lightning connector.
The new device has a USB-C connector and can be used on Apple’s iPad Pro tablets.
The tool appears to act as a dongle that connects to a Mac at one end and then to an iPad Pro at the other, allowing for diagnostics to be completed and information ready by an accompanying Mac app. It’s also possible that the same tool could be used by any future Apple devices that ship with a USB-C port on them, although that isn’t expected to include the iPhone this year.
MacRumors also notes that Apple has updated its internal Apple Service Toolkit 2 diagnostic software, too.
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.
Apple is introducing a new probe to its family. We are talking about the SNR successor.
— Giulio Zompetti (@1nsane_dev) May 29, 2020
The tool will likely be available to those working in an Apple Store as well as authorized service providers.
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