Security is one of the biggest headaches for manufacturers, who not only have to verify that their devices are functional and have no faults, but are also capable of withstanding the onslaught of hackers who are always looking for a way to bypass their protections. So on many occasions we are faced with problems of zero day that are there latent until someone discovers them.
And something like this must have happened within the Apple ecosystem that, silently and practically secretly, has been introducing changes over the last few months in some iPhone models arrived on the market for two and a half years, at the end of 2018, with the intention of protecting them from some threats that have proliferated since then.
A serious security flaw?
So has published Forbes, where it is clear that the smartphones with A12 and A13 processor, they have received a little extra security in recent times: “The A12, A13, S4, and S5 products first released in Fall 2020 have a second-generation secure storage component, while previous products based on these SoCs have a first-generation secure storage component.”
Apparently, there was a security reason serious enough to change the production of all A12 and A13 devices in the fall of 2020.
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This part of Apple’s ecosystem, Secure Enclave, It is inserted into the processors that North Americans manufacture for their devices and it is an extra reinforcement when it comes to storing and encrypting confidential data such as those corresponding to Face ID, Touch ID, etc. It has been on the market since the A7 chips, which equipped the iPhone 5s of 2013. The problem is that the threats have become more sophisticated and the current version of the new iPhone 12 is much more secure than, for example, that of the previous models 2018 or 2019.
That is why some analysts believe that all smartphones that have been sold since the end of 2020, including the updated versions of iPhone 11 and iPhone SE, they have done it with this security module updated to the latest version. So what has happened to the previous ones? Are they exposed? Luckily, it seems that Apple has applied a update to all models with A12 chips, such as the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, as well as the fifth generation iPad Mini or the third and eighth generation iPad Air and iPad, respectively.
According to some experts, this movement is due to Apple has wanted to provide a “countermeasure against devices to crack passwords, What Graykey, which try to access iPhones by guessing the password an infinite number of times, using exploits that allow countless attempts at the wrong password. “All of this suggests that” the security issues that are being addressed are serious. “