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Authentec co-founder demoes early prototype of iPhone 5s’ Touch ID fingerprint sensor, gives us the backstory

Authentec co-founder demoes early prototype of iPhone 5s’ Touch ID fingerprint sensor, gives us the backstory

A little more than a year ago, Apple acquired AuthenTec, a company specialising in mobile security, and the end product of the acquisition is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, which has been widely appreciated for its ease of use and convenience.

Reasons why the next iPad might not ship with Touch ID

Reasons why the next iPad might not ship with Touch ID

Circulating rumors suggest the next generation iPad will sport a thinner and lighter design, just like it has in previous revisions. One unknown feature is the inclusion of the fingerprint sensor, which made its debut in the iPhone 5s. Conventional wisdom would point to the presence of Touch ID, as Apple would likely want to keep this hardware feature consistent across its iOS devices. Then again, there may be other factors at play that would prevent Apple from making that leap. I’ve already presented a few reasons why we may see a fingerprint sensor in the next iPad, below is the counterpoint with a few reasons why we might see the standard home button once again in Apple’s iPad models.

Senator Al Franken expresses concern over Apple’s new fingerprint sensor

Senator Al Franken expresses concern over Apple’s new fingerprint sensor

Apple has been upfront about its new Touch ID, discussing some of the details behind the technology in order to allay customer’s concerns about privacy. Apple’s educational campaign is good, but not good enough for US Senator Al Franken,

iPhone 5S with Fingerprint sensor confirmed in code references found in iOS 7 beta 4

iPhone 5S with Fingerprint sensor confirmed in code references found in iOS 7 beta 4

Apple released iOS 7 beta 4 earlier today with a number of performance improvements and minor UI tweaks, but an internal code reference points to a big upcoming change — the addition of a fingerprint sensor in a future iPhone.

Apple patent hints at future iPhones with fingerprint sensor

Apple patent hints at future iPhones with fingerprint sensor

Following Apple’s acquisition of security firm AuthenTec, it has been widely speculated that the next iPhone will have a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security. The company has now filed a patent application for a method to package together the internals of a fingerprint sensor, further fuelling this speculation.

Apple Hiring Engineers for Fingerprint Sensor Team at its “Melbourne Design Center”

Apple Hiring Engineers for Fingerprint Sensor Team at its “Melbourne Design Center”

Ever since Apple acquired Melbourne, Florida based security firm AuthenTec, there have been a number of rumors that claim the next iPhone would sport a fingerprint sensor. A new job posting on Apple’s website for a Software Engineer at the company’s “Melbourne Design Center” further intensifies these rumors.

Apple-Owned Authentec Sells Its Embedded Security Solutions Division; Holds on to Fingerprint & NFC Technology

Apple-Owned Authentec Sells Its Embedded Security Solutions Division; Holds on to Fingerprint & NFC Technology

Back in July, Apple surprised us by announcing it was acquiring mobile security firm AuthenTec for approximately $356 million.

The acquisition gave Apple non-exclusive rights to AuthenTec’s Intellectual Property, which includes control of  fingerprint sensors, touchchips, embedded security solutions and patents owned by the company or that’s what we thought.

Apple Urgently Wanted AuthenTec’s Fingerprint Sensors For Future iOS Devices

Apple Urgently Wanted AuthenTec’s Fingerprint Sensors For Future iOS Devices

Back in July, Apple surprised us by announcing that it was acquiring mobile security firm AuthenTec for approximately $356 million.

The acquisition gave Apple non-exclusive rights to AuthenTec’s Intellectual Property, which includes control of  fingerprint sensors, touchchips, security technologies and patents owned by the company.