Feature works when the case of the iPad Pro is physically shut
2018 MacBook had a similar microphone-security feature
The new iPad Pro will come with A12Z Bionic chipset
The newly launched iPad Pro 2020 is coming with a security feature that disconnects hardware microphones when the lid of the device is physically closed. Though, this is not a new feature as Apple started using this security measure in 2018 with MacBook units equipped with Apple’s T2 security chip. The development was highlighted on Apple’s Platform Security document. To recall, Apple in March launched the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro units that are powered by the company’s A12Z Bionic chipset and feature Liquid Retina display.
According to Apple’s security document which and as first spotted by 9to5Mac, the ‘hardware microphone disconnect’ feature works when an iPad-compatible case attached to the device is physically closed. This security feature will essentially make it difficult for malware to tap into the iPad’s microphone. The new iPad Pro models are the first to receive the feature, though the security document indicates it will become standard in future models.