Apple will add ARM A10 Fusion chip for always-on Siri functionality in iMac Pro and MacBook Pro
Steven Troughton-Smith, a well-known iPhone software programmer, revealed in one of his tweets that the upcoming iMac Pro will integrate the latest “Hey, Siri” functionality, which has been an iPhone exclusive up until now. For this feat, Apple intends to include an ARM A10 Fusion processor with 512 MB RAM, providing a more rigorous control over macOS. Apparently, the Siri function will work even if the iMac Pro is shut off.
Rumors about ARM coprocessors for the iMac Pro have been circulating for some time now, and the new reveals finally confirm them. Although the Siri functionality is not a feature that many iMac users asked for, Apple has taken note on how well Cortana was received with the Windows 10 release. Additionally, the ARM-based chips will also make an appearance in the future MacBook Pro versions, so Siri is most likely landing on the portable computer models in 2018. It is true that the MacBooks already feature the ARM T1 coprocessors, but those are responsible for the Touch Bar and Touch ID features.
It would be interesting to see how the always-on Siri feature works exactly. Hopefully, this is not part of a secret mass surveillance program from Apple.