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Apple buys biometric security company AuthenTec for $356 million, James Bond iPhone to follow

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Apple buys biometric security company AuthenTec for $356 million, James Bond iPhone to follow
AuthenTec, which we all know best from the fingerprint sensor on the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and those sensors on our laptops, was just reported bought out by Apple, for the cool $356 million. 

What is Apple planning to do with the biometric security company is not clear at this point, but it paid $8 pre share for the company whose shares closed yesterday at $5.07 - a nice 58% premium, which might have made a lot of people privy to the deal much richer overnight.

One thing can be deduced with a great degree of certainty, though - biometric security might be coming to Apple's gadgets with this AuthenTec acquisiton, as that's what the company does, and Apple already has patent filings on the matter. Patents might be another reason Apple acquired it, since the company has more than 200 patents filed that span the gamut from biometric security to secure VPN clients. 

Samsung just chose the QuickSec VPN security of AuthenTec to better its Android smartphones and tablets enterprise readiness, but what will happen with that partnership now that Apple's the owner, remains to be seen. Check out AuthenTec's promo video for its mobile fingerprint sensor on the ATRIX 4G to gain some perspective what might be in store for Apple's future gadgets.

source: Reuters


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posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:23 11

1. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


i am an android fan, but if apple manage to put a biometric sensor on the SCREEN, i admit it would be pretty cool.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 08:19 2

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7393; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If they manage to do that, it won't debut until the iPhone 5S or 6.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 08:30 5

7. JessJess (unregistered)


Yep, the thing that came to mind instantly was swipe to unlock. If it read your finger print at the same time. Would be impressive

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:30 1

13. Aeires (unregistered)


I see the biometric portion being used on Macbooks more than phones. VPN aspects are more likely to be for the iPad.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:35 4

16. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Soon to be renamed iAuthenTec but, iAm sure Android will have biometric unlocking before Apple releases it on iPhone 12S.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 10:08 1

21. JessJess (unregistered)


One day, ihope iam as cool as you.

@Aeires good point about MacBooks. I can see it being implemented in the trackpad

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:26 4

2. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Haha typical Apple move..

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 08:53 5

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 10123; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Doesn't google buy companies?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:01 4

9. JessJess (unregistered)


No of course they don't. Where did you read such lies? It's just Apple - because they are evil.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:30 3

14. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Did I mention that Google doesn't buy companies? Yes they recently bought Sparrow. What's your problem now?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 10:12 3

22. JessJess (unregistered)


Was that at me or darkkjedii?

Eitherway, since you just acknowledged that Google bought sparrow recently in order to use them to improve their own mail apps. How does what you originally said make any sense? 'Typical Apple move'?

Perhaps I'm missing some other meaning.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 03:09

39. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I meant that comment for darkkjedii, When companies apart from Apple & MS buy companies they try to develop their own and make profit, but Apple and MS mostly buy for Patent. That was missed in my previous comment.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:30 3

15. Aeires (unregistered)


They average about 1 per week. Nothing wrong with buying up technology as long as it doesn't lead to monopolistic practices.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:48 6

3. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Interesting technology,apple will no doubt use it future devices but perhaps like always claim they have produced the wonderous technology. Ifans could struggle with geometric unlock though,all those swarms of apple teenage girls userbase have hands covered in fake tan,make up and nail polish lol

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 08:16 4

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7393; Member since: 14 May 2012)


+1 for the teenage girls joke lol.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:52

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I wonder what happens with he patents Motorola got with them? anyways i though that was a nice idea and should have become an standard on android phones

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:15 5

10. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


This is what Apple always does, Buy Something and call it "their" own *Like Vlingo > Siri, it's so pathetic, due to the point that if other companies copy this fingerprint sensor in the near future, they will consider it stealing from them, wow huh? They didn't even invent it. This is the reason why I hate Apple, especially their lawsuits, they won't stop pinpointing until they make sure they're #1, very disappointing and I think I'm reasonable enough, yeah they make good products *cough *overpriced *cough, yea you get the point, I just don't believe that people should buy their products that aren't even worth the hard earned cash money they produce, Anyways Good Day Everyone :)

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:25 7

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Google bought android

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:41 3

27. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I already told you taco, they bought an entirely different system that is nothing like todays tech. Just give up and go to your stall at taco bell.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 13:00 4

34. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


And Apple just buys the technology and does nothing with it?

Go hide under your bridge troll

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:46 4

36. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Lol, some of these Android users can't reason

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:27 2

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Apple dont make phones either and look at them now.. you dont need to invent anything as long as you have the patent or have companies that will do it for you..

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:20 1

11. sinple (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Can almost see this coming: XXX company got sued by Apple over biometric security patent

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:39 2

17. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Time to uninstall Truesuite from my desktop...I won't have any Apple crapware in my laptop

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:43 5

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Time to grow up

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:45 2

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Practice what you preach, little boy.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:29 5

30. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


little boy?... wow

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 09:44 3

19. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


They're probably gonna put a fingerprint scanner on the Macbook, call it new and revolutionary, then sue all other companies that have been producing laptops with a fingerprint scanner for years and stop everyone else from making it...Once again, go to hell Apple, innovation stallers

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 10:46

25. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


"AuthenTec, which we all know best from the fingerprint sensor on the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and those sensors on our laptops"

I am certain that Apple eventually is going to do that including Google and Samsung.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:32 1

31. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


innovation stallers... they bought you Siri.. which now you can enjoy a Siri-like app every new Android device... how dare you..

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:36 2

32. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Oh yes, they brought to us what we already had, in a fancier shell. So yes, I dare...

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:51 2

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


what you had was no were near what is is today.. Google voice was a worthless feature.. Google Now.. way better thanks to Siri... your welcome.. ingrate

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 21:55

38. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Google Now is a card system that shows you information about what you're about to do or go. No voice required. What you're talking about is the new Google Voice Search, which is basically the same as before except now it recognizes natural speech instead of commands...God, you iFans, can't tell if you're trolling or really that ignorant and stupid about current technology.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 10:43

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


my first/favorite Android phone from Motorola. Now Apple is going to sue someone yet again for this technology. which is stupid because Apple will ban this technology with any other hone

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 10:46

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I meant to say Apple will try to ban ANY COMPANY that will try to use this techonology on any other phone

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 15:58

37. JC557 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I would hope Lenovo brings out a ThinkPad phone with biometrics on board. They've been adding such things for a long time. I think there were phones that already had such tech though old implementations.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:14

28. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


They bought it to keep it away from Android OEMs.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 13:43

35. mas11 (Posts: 1026; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Haha Oh God, soon they'll have your finger prints and eventually your DNA in their databases.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 11:00

40. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I dont think apple will try to ban anything using this, at least not with Motorola, who has a certain device being used by the military because of this security feature, Apple is greedy, not stupid, they won't go toe to toe with the u.s government.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 11:00

41. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I dont think apple will try to ban anything using this, at least not with Motorola, who has a certain device being used by the military because of this security feature, Apple is greedy, not stupid, they won't go toe to toe with the u.s government.

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