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

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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41 Comments

1. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 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.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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

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.

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

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

2. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Haha typical Apple move..

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30488; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't google buy companies?

9. JessJess unregistered

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

14. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

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.

39. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

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.

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 for the teenage girls joke lol.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

10. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 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 :)

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Google bought android

27. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

34. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And Apple just buys the technology and does nothing with it? Go hide under your bridge troll

36. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Lol, some of these Android users can't reason

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

11. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Time to grow up

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Practice what you preach, little boy.

30. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

little boy?... wow

19. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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

25. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 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.

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

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