Apple’s Upcoming Line of Computers May All Include ARM Co-Processors
Bloomberg has reported that Apple may be working on three new models of the Mac this year. The details are still under wraps, but there are rumors that they may include an ARM co-processor as a means of improving security. Apple isn’t abandoning Intel, however. The new Macs would also include an Intel processor in addition to the ARM one.
While this is unconfirmed, it is not without precedent. The current model of the MacBook Pro has an ARM co-processor in addition to the T1 chip. The ARM processor is used for the Touch ID sensor and Touch Bar. This serves as a security precaution by ensuring that your fingerprint is never stored on the computer’s hard drive. Rather it remains in the T1 enclave.
Apple is currently working on a new desktop Mac Pro and the company will likely include an ARM co-processor in the computer when it ships. However, Bloomberg speculates that Apple may include the ARM co-processor across their entire line of computers this year.
In addition to the aforementioned desktop, Bloomberg says that Apple is likely working on two new laptops. The model of these laptops has not been confirmed though it is likely we’ll see a new MacBook. If we’re lucky, we might even see an updated version of the MacBook Air.
Regardless of the specifics, these new ARM co-processors could go along way towards improving the security of Apple’s hardware. With the recent panic over Spectre and Meltdown, additional security features are sure to be welcome.
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