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Apple inks deal to adopt fingerprint-recognition technology

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Apple inks deal to adopt fingerprint-recognition technology
We're slowly gathering evidence suggesting that Apple is looking to introduce a fingerprint-based security for its devices, specifically the mobile ones such as the iPhone and iPad. After it acquired security firm AuthenTec, known for its Smart Sensor technology — a special fingerprint reader — everyone thought that Apple is going to implement the tech in some of its future products. However, such a technology isn't found in the new iPhone 5, suggesting that the development process is still ongoing.

David Murray, lead investor of MicroLatch — an Australian fingerprint security start-up — has reportedly informed The Australian that the company has inked a deal with Apple, in order to provide its security technology to the Cupertino giant. However, no additional details have been disclosed.

According to the source, MicroLatch owns patents in the area of "self-registering fingerprint biometrics", which seem to provide a level of security similar to that required by banks around the world.

Apple is believed to engage in these partnerships because of interest in joining the mobile payments game. Some say that it has already made the first mode by creating the Passbook app, which is used to store all of a user's digital coupons, tickets, gift cards, etc. But when are we going to be presented with the final product? You guess is as good as ours, though next year's iOS 7, or iPhone 6 look like very suitable occasions to launch such a service.

via: AppleInsider

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