How does Apple integrate hardware and software

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We develop the hardware and software for the Mac with advanced technologies that work together to keep apps running more safely, your data protected, and you can safely surf the web. And with macOS Big Sur as a free upgrade, you can easily get the most secure version of macOS for your Mac. *

Hardware with more security means software with more security.

Apple M1 chip.
A common architecture for more security.

The Apple M1 chip with integrated Secure Enclave brings the powerful security features from the iPhone to the Mac. It protects your login password, automatically encrypts your data, and enables file-level encryption to keep you safe. And the Apple M1 chip protects macOS while it's running - just like iOS has protected the iPhone for years.

Keep your Mac safe with software updates from Apple.

The best way to secure your Mac is to use the latest software. When new updates are available, macOS will send you a notification - or you agree that updates will be installed automatically when you are not currently using your Mac. macOS searches for new updates every day and installs them in the background so that you always have the latest and most secure version even easier and faster.

Now apps are safer than ever.

Protection begins at the core.

The technically sophisticated runtime protection in macOS works deep inside the Mac to protect the system from malware. It starts with integrating industry-standard antivirus software to block and remove malware. Technologies like Execute Disable (XD), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and System Integrity Protection (SIP) make it difficult for malware to cause damage. They also ensure that processes with root authorization cannot change any critical system files.

Securely download apps from the Mac App Store. And the internet.

Now you can easily install apps from the App Store and the Internet without worrying. App Review ensures that every app is reviewed before it is published in the store. And Gatekeeper on your Mac ensures that all apps from Apple's Internet have already been checked for known malicious code - before you start them for the first time. If there's a problem with an app, Apple can quickly terminate new installations and even prevent the app from starting again.

Your data. Your rules.

Stay in control of what data apps can access.

Apps need your permission to access files on your desktop, in your Documents and Downloads folders, in iCloud Drive, and on external storage devices. And you get a request before an app can access the camera or microphone, record keyboard activity, or take a photo or video of your screen.

FileVault 2 encrypts your data.

With FileVault 2, your data is safe - even if your Mac falls into the wrong hands. FileVault 2 encrypts the entire hard drive on the Mac and protects your data with XTS ‑ AES 128 ‑ bit encryption. Mac computers based on the Apple M1 chip take data protection to a new level with special hardware. Your login password is protected and file-level encryption is possible. And developers can take advantage of all of this, just like they can on the iPhone.

Surf safer with Safari.

Designed to protect your privacy.

You shouldn't just hope that your data will stay safe online. You should be able to expect it. That's why Safari comes with powerful built-in privacy technologies, including intelligent tracking protection that identifies the trackers and helps prevent them from profiling you or following you on the web. A new weekly privacy report on your home page shows you how Safari protects you while you surf. You can also click the Privacy Report button on the Safari toolbar to instantly see an overview of the cross-page trackers that Safari has actively blocked on this website.

Automatic protection against intruders.

Safari uses iCloud Keychain to securely store your passwords on all of your devices. If it detects security concerns, you will receive a notification from password monitoring. Safari also prevents suspicious websites from loading and warns you as soon as it detects one. And because web pages run in a separate process, malicious code is limited to a single tab in the browser. So he can neither crash the entire browser nor access your data.

Protect your Mac.
From anywhere.

Find your lost Mac with "Where is?"

The “Where is?” App helps you find a lost Mac - even if it's offline or asleep. For this purpose, Bluetooth signals are sent out, which are recognized by active Apple devices in the vicinity. These devices then forward the detected location of your Mac to iCloud so that you can locate it. This is done anonymously and with end-to-end encryption so that no one, including Apple, knows the identity of a reporting device or the location of your Mac. And everything happens in the background using small snippets of data that are transported in the existing network traffic. Therefore, you don't have to worry about the impact on your battery life, your data consumption or your privacy.

Keep your Mac safe.
Even if it falls into the wrong hands.

All Mac systems that are based on the Apple M1 chip or have the Apple T2 security chip support activation lock, just like your iPhone or iPad. So if you ever misplace or lose your Mac, only you can erase everything on your Mac or reactivate it.