Apple shares how its M1 Mac chips bring a lot of iPhone security tech to its computers

I’ve been a bit of a fanboi of Apple over the years. Now I have a problem. I welcome the improved security of end-user devices that come from applying a mobile mindset, but… this makes the laptops basically useless for a lot of the development tasks I undertake. I might as well use my iPad as a terminal to stinkingly big cloud instances very much like I use it to write this blog.

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For years, Apple has touted the security built into its iPhones and iPads. More than a decade ago, it added ways to encrypt information on the iPhone. In 2010, it introduced encrypted messaging with iMessage. And in 2013, it introduced TouchID biometric sensors to help people unlock phones. Over the years, it’s been able to bring those technologies to the Mac too — but now, with its new M1 chips for the MacMini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, it’ll be able to supercharge those efforts.

On its website Thursday, Apple updated its Platform Security documents, describing how Mac computers now work in much more similar ways to their iPhone counterparts. The documents dive into nitty-gritty details of how various security systems within computers and phones talk to one another, and how they’re designed to protect an Apple user’s privacy.

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