AuthenTec Said to Cut Off Non-Apple Fingerprint Sensor Customers in 2013

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    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.

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    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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    Nice. NFC is not ready. :)
     
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    A finger reader into the Multitouch pads of new Macs possibly? Or finger reader into iPhones?
     
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    iPhone 5S. S= security.
     
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    Keep your Thumbs Clean. ;)
     
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    What if I have a cut on my thumb/finger(s)? Will I be locked out? :eek:
     
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    HA! Probably.
     
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    A finger print scanner on the iPad to switch user would be an awesome feature.
     
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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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    Swipe to unlock could have a whole new meaning :)
     
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    Toe Print. ;)
     
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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 :D!!!
     
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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!:rolleyes:
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    ...and a powerful negotiating tool. :cool:
     
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    wow, never heard about this company. must be good then.
     
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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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    Seems gimmicky. Just my personal opinion. Especially with apps like "Find My iPhone" that can shut off your device.
     
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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 :apple:
     
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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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    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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    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 :p

    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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    Find my iPhone is so 2011... 2013 is all about Finger my iPhone :p
     
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    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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    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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    This technology reads beneath the skin, not the skin itself, says it can read through callouses and more.

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    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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