Apple has always been a promoter of privacy. The Cupertino-based technical giant introduced T2 security chip on its 2018 MacBooks.
It is currently represent in all the Apple MacBook and Macs introduced since those models This proprietary security cpu helps in disconnecting the microphone whenever the lid of the notebook is shut. Presently, as stated by to the Apple Security Platform document, the company has included a same feature in the newly-launched iPad Pro 2020 models.
The fresh iPad Pro 2020 is basically the 2018 iPad Pro with a newer A12Z Bionic processor and a third LIDAR camera for AR applications. But it is the first of its kind to include hardware-level microphone disconnect performance like a privacy measure. In fact, Apple confirms that going forward all the new iPads will arrive with this feature.
The automatic microphone disconnect feature on iPad Pro 2020 and the forthcoming models need the users to shut their Apple tablets with an MFI (Made for iPad) compliant case. By doing so, the microphone on the iPad will be disconnected in hardware and hence microphone audio information, cannot be used by software, even with root or kernel privileges.
However, it is value noting that Apple says the cameras on MacBooks don’t disconnect as their field of see is obstructed by the lid. Like for iPads, it does not mention anything about the digital camera disconnection because there’s with no need for it anyway like the case covers the whole front and the rear cameras are faced down.