Apple inks deal to adopt fingerprint-recognition technology

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



1. wendygarett unregistered

Let's hope Apple don't patent it...

3. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apple will find a patent for this one trust me. If they found something that doesn't have patent on it, they will do the job in patenting it. But, can't blame them. If I'm on their position, I'd be glad doing such thing for the fact that it benefits you in many ways.

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

apple will patent this for sure and then sue the parent company itself :) that;s just how LOW apple rolls

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I cant see Apple being able to patent this. Sprint had a WinMo phone that had a fingerprint scanner on it before

7. No_Nonsense unregistered

And we had rounded corners on a phone before.

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I almost read that 'Apple filed patent application' instead of 'inekd a deal'!

4. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

This means that the fake fingerprint scanner apps available will become real and useful in the near future!! :-)

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Atrix still did it first, and it worked really damn well. I still wish Motorola would include that as an option on its current phones.

10. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Sadly with AuthenTec now owned by Apple it is highly unlikely... Maybe in the iPhone 5S (the "S" stands for Security?) Anyway... I loved my Atrix for that feature and is what I miss the most now on my GS3...

11. phatride4ever

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

LG eXpo did it first. I had one and rarely used it. Easier using a pattern.

9. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I dont see the feature becoming popular.... there are still millions of people afraid to give their fingerprints to banks.... yet alone allowing Apple to store their fingerprint data on their super security devices.....

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