I realize this was asked back in 2014 with this question, but hardware and software has changed a lot over the last 5 years.
Here's the specifics of my situation:
- We haven't purchased the device yet, that is contingent on the answer to this question, essentially.
- We are looking at putting a Mac Mini into an environment that requires we disable all wireless communications to/from the device.
- Our devices have firmware passwords and FileVault 2 enabled.
- Apple activates Bluetooth automatically on all devices before the drive is unlocked to ensure users can connect a Bluetooth keyboard to unlock the drive.
- We need to prevent the Bluetooth from ever coming on in the environment we want to put it in.
Here's the million $ question: Is there any way to prevent Bluetooth from ever coming on, even before the drive is unlocked and policies are enforced?
In a dream world, we would just order a model without a BT card at all, but I don't know how feasible that is.
EDIT--- To clarify, this is going into a government facility that doesn't allow wireless signals at any point. So unfortunately we can't just ignore the signal and get wired devices.
We've talked about Faraday cages, but aren't confident they'll get approved since someone would only need to remove the cage.
Right now the closest solution we've come to, is removing the card, but they are soldered to the board. We're not sure if removing the antenna would work. I've got at least one report that someone was able to connect still, albeit from very close.
I forgot to mention that in an ideal situation, it would not void the warranty. But I wouldn't be surprised if that was a bridge too far.