Eleven videos that seem to represent Apple's internal processes for repairing iPhones and MacBooks have been uploaded to YouTube. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the authenticity of the videos, but they appear to be the real deal, according to Motherboard .
The videos are copyrighted by Apple, and the videos show Apple's trademark disassembly and repair tools that are manufactured exclusively for the company.
If these are, in fact, genuine, then Apple has a lot to get angry about. The company has long fought against the right of users to repair their own devices, often because doing so allows Apple to sell its repair services and incentivize customers to sell or change old devices for new ones more frequently.
Repair shops for brands outside the Apple brand were brought to court, and devices were created that need special tools to open. It even creates software updates that disable certain functions on phones repaired with third-party parts. As of now, the initial indicator is still free: Arman Haji, the YouTuber who uploaded the videos, originally downloaded them from a Twitter account that has since been suspended.
The surprising thing about these videos, like Motherboard points out, is not only that they were leaked to begin with, but that the repair processes reflect what third-party vendors have been doing for years. Despite the fact that these vendors do not have access to Apple repair videos or specific tools, they have been able to reverse engineer their own response to these complex problems.