Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The iPhone 5s Secure Enclave

Brian Roemmele (via John Gruber):

There are numerous reasons Apple moved to the A7 processor. One reason is the hardware requirements of Touch ID. To economically create the Secure Enclave, Apple needed a processor that is already aware of the concept of encryption and security at a native level and has the dedicated hardware to make a segregated and secure area with in the processor architecture.

Presumably, easy phone unlocking is just the beginning of Apple’s plans for the fingerprint scanner.

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