Apple’s Custom T2 Chip Makes the iMac Pro Even More Secure


Apple’s goal for security continues to strengthen in certain areas, especially for on-device efforts.

And that trend continues with today’s launch of the iMac Pro, the company’s most powerful all-in-one desktop computer to date. On the landing page for the powerhouse, Apple does what it does best: Market all of the features that it believes potential iMac Pro owners should know about, from the hardware on the outside down to the nuts-and-bolts under the hood.

Which includes a custom-built T2 chip, which is supposed to handle a variety of different processes behind-the-scenes to improve the overall experience for the end user in on way or another. To start, the T2 chip is guilty of “redesigning and integrating several controllers found in other Mac systems,” which means the iMac Pro is capable of doing things other iMacs can’t.

For instance, the T2 chip makes it possible for the FaceTime HD camera on the iMac Pro “to enable enhanced tone mapping, improved exposure control, and face detection–based auto exposure and auto white balance.” So for the folks who use their FaceTime HD camera quite a bit, the quality therein should be at least a little bit better, if not noticeably so.

But the real kicker for the T2 chip is security. With the new chip, Apple can feature a Secure Enclave coprocessor in the iMac Pro that provides “the foundation for new encrypted storage,” and makes secure boot capabilities a reality:

“T2 also makes iMac Pro even more secure, thanks to a Secure Enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities. The data on your SSD is encrypted using dedicated AES hardware with no effect on the SSD’s performance, while keeping the Intel Xeon processor free for your compute tasks. And secure boot ensures that the lowest levels of software aren’t tampered with and that only operating system software trusted by Apple loads at startup.”

The T2 chip is just one of many individual parts that are meant to make for a beast of a workstation, and it appears to do just that.

Do you plan on buying an iMac Pro?

[via Apple]

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