It looks like someone uploaded internal Apple videos about the repair of its popular device lineup on YouTube. According to Motherboard, a YouTuber by the name Arman Haji uploaded 11 internal Apple videos that detailed repairs for devices including iPhone X, iMac Pro, and MacBook Pro. According to the report, Haji initially saw the videos on Twitter and went on to add, “When I saw these videos I downloaded them out of curiosity, and when his account got suspended, I wanted people to still see them, so I uploaded them to YouTube.”
As part of the videos, an instructor helps a repair technician walk through the steps of repairing Apple devices. The report confirmed that the videos are the real deal with the help of sources familiar with internal Apple repair guidelines. The videos go on to refer a number of internal Apple documentation along with disassembly and repair tools, and a bunch of diagnostic tests. It pointed out that these tools are “manufactured by and are exclusive to Apple”. Understandably, Apple holds the copyrights to the videos, and has already taken down the Haji’s YouTube account at the time of writing.
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This leak is likely to make Apple furious as it does not want people to perform repair and maintenance on its devices. Apple has taken third-party repair shops, in addition to issuing software updates that would disable some features on devices with third-party parts, and it has been a known opponent of the right to repair.
Before the YouTube account was taken down, the video which showed people about how to replace the battery of an iPhone X was starting to gain traction. The report also compared one of the internal Apple repair videos for the iPhone with what iFixit recommends nothing that how third-party players have reverse-engineered most of the official techniques detailed by Apple without the need of any documentation.