A little more than a year ago, Apple acquired AuthenTec, a company specialising inÂ 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.
Authentec co-founder demoes early prototype of iPhone 5s’ Touch ID fingerprint sensor, gives us the backstory
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.
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 â€” the addition of a fingerprint sensor in a future iPhone.
Following Appleâ€™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.
Ever since Apple acquired Melbourne, Florida based security firmÂ AuthenTec, there have been a number of rumors that claim the next iPhone would sport a fingerprint sensor. A new job posting on Appleâ€™s website for a Software Engineer at the companyâ€™s “Melbourne Design Centerâ€ť further intensifies these rumors.
Apple-Owned Authentec Sells Its Embedded Security Solutions Division; Holds on to Fingerprint & NFC Technology
Back in July, Apple surprised us by announcing it wasÂ acquiring mobile security firm AuthenTecÂ for approximately $356 million.
The acquisition gave Apple non-exclusive rights to AuthenTecâ€™s Intellectual Property, which includes control of Â fingerprint sensors, touchchips, embedded security solutions and patentsÂ owned by the company or that’s what we thought.
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 Â fingerprint sensors, touchchips, security technologies and patentsÂ owned by the company.