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Why the iPhone and iPad Don’t Need a T2 Chip

During the iPad event yesterday the new Mac mini and MacBook Air got the T2 chip from Apple. This chip adds extra security by locking the microphone and camera and touchID sensors away from the main processing sequences as well as running background tasks to check on the status of applications to make sure they are legitimate and not nefarious.
This led to Chris Lawley to comment that he wanted the T2 chip on the iPad.

Except the iPad has this benefit thanks to the AppStore, sand boxing, and the Secure Enclave. This keeps touchID and faceID data secure as well as mobile payments.

So really the T2 is Apple’s attempt to provide iPhone like security on the Mac and that’s why the iPad and iPhone don’t need a T chip.