01 Nov Apple’s T2 Chip Protects MacBook Mic from Eavesdropping
According to a new security document seen by TechCrunch, Apple’s new security-focused T2 chip will protect the MacBook Air and the Mac mini against hackers looking to eavesdrop using the devices’ microphones.
Introduced in 2017 on the iMac Pro, the T2 was used to encrypt and decrypt the built-in solid state drive and allowed sensitive biometric data like fingerprints to be stored securely. It was also used for performing complex security tasks and gave users a way to lock the boot process of the device.
The chip will also disable the microphone when the MacBook’s lid is closed by implementing the disconnection in the hardware, preventing any software from using the mic.
Source: The Verge