“For years, people have speculated about whether Apple would ditch macOS in favor of iOS, shedding desktops and turning laptops into something like an iPad Pro in a fixed clamshell,” Glenn Fleishman writes for Macworld.

“A version of iOS has apparently come to the Mac, but not in a way that anybody expected,” Fleishman writes. “The new Touch Pad has a separate brain, a custom T1 ARM processor system-on-a-chip (SoC), that looks to be running a stripped-down variant of iOS, possibly derived from watchOS.”

“It makes sense, because Apple has paired Touch ID in iOS with its custom Secure Enclave chip, a tamper-resistent security vault that’s separate from but intertwined with an iPhone or iPad’s processing circuitry,” Fleishman writes. “There’s a Secure Enclave chip in every Touch Bar, just as in every iOS device with Touch ID.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not only that, but you can play Doom on it.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar runs iOS on Apple’s T1 processor – October 28, 2016
Apple does touch right and, as usual, Microsoft does it wrong – October 28, 2016
Amazon offers big savings on Apple’s all-new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro models – October 28, 2016
IBT: Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar is the coolest thing ever; will change the way we use laptops – October 28, 2016
Wired hands on with Apple’s New MacBook Pro: It’s a whole new kind of laptop – October 27, 2016
CNET on the new MacBook Pro: Apple’s amazing strip show reinvents the notebook – October 27, 2016
Hands on with Apple’s new MacBook Pro: Looks and feels so good it’s unreal – October 27, 2016
Apple debuts three new TV ads for all-new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – October 27, 2016
Apple unveils groundbreaking new MacBook Pro with revolutionary Touch Bar and huge Force Touch trackpad – October 27, 2016