iMac Pro Appears to Include A10 Fusion Chip for Always-On 'Hey Siri'
According to some digging into Apple's "BridgeOS 2.0" code and macOS this weekend by Jonathan Levin, Steven Troughton-Smith, and Guilherme Rambo, the upcoming iMac Pro appears to feature an A10 Fusion chip with 512 MB of RAM. While the full functionality of the A10 chip isn't yet known, it appears the chip will enable support for "Hey Siri" functionality, potentially even when the iMac Pro is turned off.
As noted by Troughton-Smith, the A10 will manage the booting process and security for the iMac Pro, and with hooks into system audio, he theorized that the chip might support always-on "Hey Siri."
Confirmed: "Hey, Siri" is coming to the Mac pic.twitter.com/Dw9bRAzbxD — Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) November 18, 2017
BridgeOS has a boot chime sound pic.twitter.com/ofupY9RZt8 — Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) November 18, 2017
In June, Pike's Universum reported that the upcoming iMac Pro will include a Secure Enclave, suggesting the machine would indeed include an ARM-based coprocessor as on the MacBook Pro.
Unveiled at WWDC in June, the iMac Pro is scheduled to launch next month, but Apple has yet to give a specific launch date for the high-end desktop that will start at $4999.
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"Yeah?" said the iPhone
"Wazzup?" said the Apple Watch
"What?" said the HomePod
"Can I help you?" said the iPad
"What do you need me to do?" said the iMac
"Yo!" said the Apple TV
All at once, of course :-)