Today, Apple updated its Platform Security Guide to highlight the major security changes it has made to its products, including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The updated document is the largest to date – a nearly 200-page comprehensive technical guide – detailing the features Apple uses to protect consumer devices and data across all platforms. One of the changes that the latest version makes to Apple’s Platform Security Guide is the addition of all the major security changes available through the Apple M1 chip, which was introduced last year.
Apple has added 11 new topics to its latest Platform Security Guide, covering mostly key security changes available to Mac users through its native silicon: Apple M1. The guide covers security features that are available to ensure a secure boot process for new Mac machines. He also talked about the authorization requirements for allowing core extensions on Apple computers based on the M1 chip. However, security researcher Patrick Wardle recently proposed Apple M1 Mac machines they are also not completely safe and require some fixes that may come through a future software update.
In addition to the Apple M1 chipset, the updated Platform Security Guide mentions the security changes available for iPhone and iPad iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates. These include the implementation of iBoot, which is limited to iPhones based on the Apple A13 Bionic and later, and iPads running on the A14 Bionic chip.
In the past, Apple has introduced a list of software and hardware updates to its devices to improve their security. One of the biggest changes the company made was the introduction Tap ID and Face ID aimed at improving the user experience through biometric authentication along with password protection.
Prior to these updates, Apple saw that about 49 percent of users set a password for their devices – meaning that 51 percent of the total user base does not use a password. The reason for avoiding the use of a password was considered to be the effort required by users to unlock their devices. However, after Apple introduced biometric authentication, the company noticed that over 92% of consumers chose to choose Tap ID.
Apple has also updated its silicon on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices – with a T2 chip and a special AES hardware engine to implement linear speed encryption.
Having said that, the ecosystem built by Apple is not stupid. The company often receives error messages by security researchers. There are even facing court cases in the past for allegedly infringing copyright, while increasing the security of their operating systems.
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