Apple Company newly launched iPad Pro 2020 is coming with a security feature that disconnects hardware microphones the lid of the device is physically closed. This is not a new feature as Apple started using this security measure in 2018 with The MacBook units equipped with Apple’s T2 security chip. Development are highlighted on the Apple’s Platform Security document. To the recall, Apple in March launched in the 11-inch & 12.9-inch iPad Pro units that are powered by the company’s A12Z Bionic chipset & feature Liquid Retina display.
The Apple Company security document which & as first spotted by 9to5Mac, the ‘hardware microphone disconnect’ feature works when an iPad-compatible case attached to the device is physically closed. Apple security feature will essentially make it difficult for malware to tap into the iPad’s microphone. The new Apple iPad Pro models are the first to receive the feature, though the security document indicates it will become standard in future models.
The microphone are disconnected in the hardware, preventing microphone audio data being made available to any software even with root or kernel privileges in iPadOS or in case the firmware is compromised, the company in the security document noted. The Apple Company is in the security note also added that the camera hardware is not disconnected when the case is physically closed because its field of view is completely obstructed with the lid closed.
The Apple are first introduced the security measure in 2018 with the T2 security chip that was included in Apple MacBook Air & Mac mini. In The T2 Security Chip was also present in the 2017 version of iMac Pro that essentially protected the device’s storage, fingerprint data, secure booth features, and encryption keys.
Apple Company is to yet to announce the launch of the latest iPad units in India. The tech giant was also speculated to the launch new iPad between March & April, which may have been pushed further due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Prices of the new iPad Pro units start at Rs. 71,900 for the iPad Pro 11-inch Wi-Fi variant and Rs. 89,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi.