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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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AuthenTec Said to Cut Off Non-Apple Fingerprint Sensor Customers in 2013




According to Korea's etnews.com [Google translation], fingerprint sensor firm AuthenTec has notified a number of its customers, including Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu, that it will cease offering its technology to those companies as of next year. Apple agreed to acquire AuthenTec in July, and AuthenTec's board is expected to approve the acquisition next month.

AuthenTec's current customers are said to be "in a state of panic" as they seek to secure alternative suppliers for the fingerprint recognition technology that has been seeing increasing adoption. But with AuthenTec holding a significant amount of intellectual property rights in the field, those companies may have difficulty finding adequate alternatives.




Apple has not signaled its exact area of interest for AuthenTec's technology, but many observers have speculated that Apple is interested in incorporating it into its mobile devices for user recognition and other purposes.

The security of fingerprint scanning may also play into longer-term efforts at Apple for developing mobile payment solutions, although the company is said to be deliberately holding back on a public implementation as it explores the competitive landscape and potential. Rumors had suggested that Apple was looking at including near field communications (NFC) in the iPhone 5 in order to facilitate mobile payments integrated with the new Passbook app in iOS 6, but Apple elected not to pursue that technology with this round of iPhone hardware revisions.

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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:29 PM   #2
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Nice. NFC is not ready.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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A finger reader into the Multitouch pads of new Macs possibly? Or finger reader into iPhones?
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:30 PM   #4
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iPhone 5S. S= security.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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iPhone 5S. S= security.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:32 PM   #6
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What if I have a cut on my thumb/finger(s)? Will I be locked out?
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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iPhone 5S. S= security.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:33 PM   #8
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A finger print scanner on the iPad to switch user would be an awesome feature.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:33 PM   #9
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Another cudgel to wield against Samsung. But hopefully they will actually use the technology themselves. Would love Fast User Switching multiuser on iPad.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:33 PM   #10
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What if I have a cut on my finger(s)? Will I be locked out?
Toe Print.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:33 PM   #12
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I can't wait for this!!! I'm having visions of never having to log in to an online account ever again !!!
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:34 PM   #13
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Whew! I quickly glanced at the post headline and mistook it for 'Authentec to cut off non-Apple fingers' and thought that's harsh, making them have to use a stylus!
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Another cudgel to wield against Samsung. But hopefully they will actually use the technology themselves. Would love Fast User Switching multiuser on iPad.
...and a powerful negotiating tool.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:36 PM   #15
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wow, never heard about this company. must be good then.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:40 PM   #16
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I think it's safe to assume what the selling point of the 5S will be. Maybe.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:42 PM   #17
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Seems gimmicky. Just my personal opinion. Especially with apps like "Find My iPhone" that can shut off your device.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:43 PM   #18
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Annnnnd the Goliath that is Apple gobbles up another company again to "incorporate" their innovation with total disregard of the consequences of what it will do to the world.

They are winning again but Monopoly isn't just a game
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Annnnnd the Goliath that is Apple gobbles up another company again to "incorporate" their innovation with total disregard of the consequences of what it will do to the world.

They are winning again but Monopoly isn't just a game
If this company holds most of the technology I have to wonder how long before an anti trust suit is filed.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:45 PM   #20
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Does anyone else remember using voice passwords in Mac OS 9? I wonder how secure those actually were . . .
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:46 PM   #21
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If history s any indicator... The future is not so bright. Remember the hype surrounding Apple acquiring Liquid Metal IP right? So far this has only produced SIM ejector. Then there were Placebase, Poly9, and C3 Technologies. Result? Apple Maps

And obviously HP and Samsung have nothing to worry about. Here is a list of companies producing fingerprint sensors:

Alps Electric
Atmel
Atrua
AU Optronics
Authentec
BMF
Casio
Casio + Alps
Cecrop, KSI, Sannaedle
Dakty (formerly Delsy)
Digital Persona
EgisTec (formerly LighTuning)
ElecVision
Ethentica
Fidelica
Fingerprint Cards
FlashScan3D
Fujitsu
Hitachi
Idex
IMEN
Infineon (Siemens)
LighTuning (now Egistec)
LiteOn
Melfas
Mitsumi
NEC
NTT
NanoIdent
Silicon Display Technology
Seiko Epson
Sharp
Sonavation
Sony
Symwave
TesTech / Integrated Biometrics
TST touchless
Ultrascan
Upek
Validity
Veridicom
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Seems gimmicky. Just my personal opinion. Especially with apps like "Find My iPhone" that can shut off your device.
Find my iPhone is so 2011... 2013 is all about Finger my iPhone
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:49 PM   #23
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A finger print scanner on the iPad to switch user would be an awesome feature.
Or facial recognition.
Obviously with these things as secondary log in options.

"Hi Dagless, I'm at work, can you load up my account and send over those files"
"No sorry I don't have your face or fingerprints"
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 02:50 PM   #24
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I can see this being great. Build finger print scanning into the home button. This can be the primary way to unlock your phone to use it, backed up my a pin code if for some reason that it fails (due to a cut on your finger).

I'm guessing that this could make financial transactions much more secure.

Our phones would me more secure, without having to do anything different. Someone else picks up our phone, tries to use it and it won't wake up. We on the other hand simply press the home button wake it up and carry on as usual. Nice security without having to enter a pass-code in a secure pin number.
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What if I have a cut on my thumb/finger(s)? Will I be locked out?
This technology reads beneath the skin, not the skin itself, says it can read through callouses and more.

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Seems gimmicky. Just my personal opinion. Especially with apps like "Find My iPhone" that can shut off your device.
This isn't so much to prevent use of your phone as it is to enable use of other secured services from your phone such as payments and logins to sites like the app store.
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