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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 detection-based auto exposure and auto white balance.

    The T2 chip also has a Secure Enclave coprocessor that makes the iMac Pro even more secure with new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities.
    Cabel Sasser, co-founder of software company Panic, recently shared a few screenshots of the Startup Security Utility powered by the T2 chip.
    The settings reveal that users can enable a firmware password to prevent the iMac Pro from starting up from a different hard disk, CD, or DVD without the password. There are also three secure boot options and options to allow or disallow booting from external media devices such as USB and Thunderbolt drives.

    "Full security" ensures that only the latest and most secure software can be run. Apple says this mode requires a network connection at the time of software installation. "Medium security" requires verifiable software to boot, but not the latest software, and "no security" lets the operating system boot freely.

    iMac Pro became available to order today with 8- to 18-core configurations ranging in price from $4,999 to $13,199 in the United States. 14-core and 18-core models don't ship for an estimated 6-8 weeks.

    Article Link: iMac Pro Features Apple's Custom T2 Chip With Secure Boot Capabilities
  2. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    I wonder if they considered sticking in a FaceID camera?

    Presumably they'll show up on all Apple devices over the next couple of years..?
  3. nikosl7 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2016
    username: root
    pass:<leave empty>

    There you go. You are now in.
  4. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    If they put one of these in every 2018 models, by the time the current models are not supported anymore (~2024) I'm pretty sure they could prevent installation of the latest macOS on non-official hardware.
  5. shadowbird423 macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    Chapel Hill

    We will see this become the standard in the next 6 years, with the fact that almost no one turned it off as justification. They know they can't get away with making it mandatory quite yet. From a security standpoint, this is great.

    From a freedom of choice standpoint... not so much.
  6. Gary1580 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2017
    Why in the world would anyone buy one of these?
  7. diegov12 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2015
    --- Post Merged, Dec 14, 2017 ---
    Why would you need "choice" here.
  8. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  9. diegov12 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Why not, a xeon chip lasts a long time.
  10. stabsteer macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2008
    Because its awesome and destroys my current iMac for editing.
  11. diegov12 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2015
    But you can't use root in EFI boot…
  12. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    Sounds like a great way to make-this-computer-officially-dead after 7 years. That's a ****-ton of money to lock into a computer that Apple deems "end of life" by way of OS updates.
  13. diegov12 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2015
    Yeah, except apple provides security updates for older versions of macOS…
  14. Zarniwoop macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2009
    West coast, Finland
  15. guzhogi, Dec 14, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017

    guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Yes, the MBP has a T1. The iMac Pro has a T2. And the T101 will go back in time to kill Sarah Connor. Sorry, couldn't resist.
  16. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Cool stuff! Its a great example of the advantage Apple has because of their hardware and software integration.

    Of course, a secure OS running on a secure chip won't help you much if you leave the root account wide open o_O
  17. deanthedev Suspended


    Sep 29, 2017
    Reviewers have benchmarked the SSDs in the new iMac Pro and they are ridiculously fast.

    If the T2 chip can perform real-time encryption while maintaining this performance then it’s not some “companion” chip - it would need some serious chops to do this.
  18. xnu macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dumb questions: Can you boot Windows on this beast and does it have liquid cooling? I have use Windows sometimes :(
  19. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    You should be able to run Windows without any issue.

    No liquid cooling, it uses a new cooling design with two fans which is more efficient than the regular iMac.
  20. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    You obviously don’t need one and it’s a secret as to why a lot of folks need one, so I can’t tell you.
  21. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I wonder how this would do on something like Folding@Home. Someone would probably need to install Windows on it to take full advantage. However, I'm not going to pay $5000 just to do folding.
  22. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
  23. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    So this is similar to the TPM 2.0 chip that some enterprise PCs use?
  24. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I just remembered: Apple also has a patent for Liquid Metal. OMG! Apple's SkyNet!

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