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15. Dezember 2017

iMac Pro Features Apple’s Custom T2 Chip With Secure Boot Capabilities

Apple today confirmed the iMac Pro is equipped with its custom T2 chip for enhanced security and integration. The chip is second-generation silicon, building upon the T1 chip in the latest MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar that authenticates and secures Touch ID and Apple Pay respectively.

The T2 chip integrates several previously separate components, including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller, and SSD controller, for expanded capabilities on the iMac Pro.

For instance, Apple says the T2 chip’s image signal processor works with the FaceTime HD camera to enable enhanced tone mapping, improved exposure control, and face [...]

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7. Dezember 2017

Apple’s Greg Joswiak Talks iPhone X Face ID, Display and A11 Chip

Tom’s Guide today shared its list of „2017 Innovation Award Winners,“ which of course includes the iPhone X, among other products like the Nintendo Switch, the DJI Spark, and the Amazon Echo.

Apple’s iPhone X took the Tom’s Guide „Best Overall“ award for its Super Retina Display, Face ID, and A11 Bionic chip, and the site’s iPhone X writeup includes some interesting commentary from Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing.

For the iPhone X’s Super Retina Display, which incorporates the first-ever OLED panel in an iOS device, Joswiak says Apple had to „do a lot of engineering“ to [...]

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19. November 2017

iMac Pro Appears to Include A10 Fusion Chip for Always-On ‚Hey Siri‘

According to some digging into Apple’s „BridgeOS 2.0“ code and macOS this weekend by Jonathan Levin, Steven Troughton-Smith, and Guilherme Rambo, the upcoming iMac Pro appears to feature an A10 Fusion chip with 512 MB of RAM. While the full functionality of the A10 chip isn’t yet known, it appears the chip will enable support for „Hey Siri“ functionality, potentially even when the iMac Pro is turned off.

As noted by Troughton-Smith, the A10 will manage the booting process and security for the iMac Pro, and with hooks into system audio, he theorized that the chip might support always-on „Hey Siri.“

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16. November 2017

2018 iPad Pro Models Could Have Very Fast Octa-Core A11X Bionic Chip

Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro models released in 2018 will feature octa-core processors, based on Taiwanese supplier TSMC’s improved 7nm manufacturing process, according to Chinese website MyDrivers.

iPad Pro with slim bezels and no Home button rendered by Benjamin Geskin The report, citing sources within Apple’s supply chain, claims the eight cores in the tentatively named A11X Bionic chip will include three high-performance „Monsoon“ cores and five energy-efficient „Mistral“ cores.

Like the A11 Bionic chip in the latest iPhone models, which is built on a 10nm process, the A11X chip will reportedly feature TSMC’s [...]

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