Disk Security, System Booting… more details on what the T2 chip can do

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Pedro Aznar did not fall short at all when he spoke of a third silent transition. The iMac Pro quartering continues, and the more experts discover about it, the more we’re surprised. The last one is directly related to the T2 processor, which is responsible for much more than we first thought .

Disk Security, System Booting… more details on what the T2 chip can do
Disk Security, System Booting… more details on what the T2 chip can do

It is no longer just that T2 can take over the boot of macOS (which can cause many problems for the community hackintosh ), but that the processor can also monitor and control the activity of various other components of the computer . This includes storage and even the FaceTime camera.

Jason Snell is the one who made the discovery at MacWorld. It turns out that T2 controls SSDs and creates their encryption. So if someone removes that SSD from the computer and tries to use it in another computer, they can’t because the encryption key is held by T2 . Either you take the whole motherboard or you can’t do anything.

There is also control over the Mac’s FaceTime camera: T2 is able to automatically balance the whites and regulate other settings without the Intel processor having to do anything.

And of course, the boot can be completely secured to the extent that the computer owner can leave it said that no operating system can be booted from an external disk. This will be one of those options that we’ll have to disable if we take the Mac to a service facility.

In addition, an internet connection will be required to verify that the operating system being booted is legitimate and owned by the user. And beware, that check will also be done for copies of Windows 10 that we have installed using Boot Camp. If you don’t like the latter, don’t worry, because you’ll always be able to reduce the security of iMac Pro booting.

I think that seeing this, we are closer than we think to the arrival of a Mac that works not with one, but with several ARM processors that spread the work efficiently. Even if it’s low-end. It would be a first step to stop depending on Intel in the long term.

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