Apple to launch at least 3 new Mac models with security coprocessors

Feb 01, 2018, 00:13
Apple to launch at least 3 new Mac models with security coprocessors

Apple is working on at least three updated Mac models with custom co-processors, according to a report from Bloomberg. So far, the MacBook Pro (Touch Bar version) and iMac Pro have the custom Apple T1 and T2 Mac co-processors.

Apple added its second-generation custom processor, the T2, to its iMac Pro past year. Of course, iPhones and iPads have used the company's own chips for several years, and the Apple Watch has since its launch in 2015.

Apple watchers expect the company to eventually design the entire CPU, which would take away Intel's fifth-largest customer.

Now, Apple is apparently taking back more control so it doesn't have to rely on companies like Qualcomm and Intel. While the report is also lacking additional details about said iPad model, it's worth noting that Gurman was among the first to share details about an upcoming iPad Pro, which will supposedly feature Face ID and an iPhone X-style "edge-to-edge" LCD display.

Apple's custom processors already outperform many of its rivals, but it's unlikely that the tech giant could just quit using Intel's chips anytime soon, the Verge noted.

Previous rumours and reports suggest that we will see remodelled, redesigned Macs in 2018.

Simply put, Apple would have plenty of reasons to work toward putting its own, custom-made chips in each and every one of its devices.

Despite the increasing resources Apple is devoting to chip research and creation, it's only built computer chips that complement Intel's primary processor - the T1 co-processor handles the Touch Bar, while the T2 edition offloads some security and power management duties on the iMac Pro.

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