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10-03-2012, 12:56 AM #1
Apple Signs Deal with Microlatch to Work on Fingerprint Recognition Technology
Even as AuthenTec’s board of directors seems to be moving toward the approval of Apple’s $356 million acquisition of the fingerprint sensor chip company, a new report suggests that Apple seems to be continuing its search with talent and technology required to assist its mobile payments effort. According to The Australian, Apple recently signed a deal to work with the Australian firm, Microlatch, on similar fingerprint recognition technology for integration with mobile payments via near field communications (NFC). News of the deal comes from former heard of the Commonwealth Bank and a lead investor in Microlatch, David Murray:
Mr Murray said the company had an agreement with the notoriously secretive Apple to develop fingerprint technology for use in near-field communications applications.
Microlatch has patented fingerprint identification technology that meets banking security standards without the need for central processing or storage; a process Mr Murray described as "self-registering".
If you’re a fan of reading Apple news, than you surely know that NFC has been a rather frequent topic among rumors in relation to the iPhone. Some even speculated it to be released last year and then again this year in the update to the iPhone but Apple seems to have elected to not include it in the iPhone 4S and even decided against it in the redesigned iPhone 5 this year as well. We’ll have to continue to be patient to see what Apple does with all these acquisitions and what’s in store for future iOS products.
Source: The Australian
10-03-2012, 01:11 AM #2
So this is the next thing Apple will say they inverted and try to patent.
10-03-2012, 02:36 AM #3
Payment via fingerprint? Great, so now getting robbed may mean losing a finger! I'm pretty fond of keeping all of my appendages so they can keep that one concept for sci-fi movies.
10-03-2012, 04:32 AM #4
10-03-2012, 08:29 AM #5
Anyway, this looks to be pretty cool. I would imagine that it will have the same draw backs at first e.g. Apple Maps, but eventually will add better security to our devices. At the same time if your phone is stolen, whoever stole it would be leaving their fingerprint scan right on your device to help police locate it.►o·pen/ˈōpən/
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10-03-2012, 11:46 AM #6
I know right..every time this site gives us a glimpse into the future of Apple, we get a hater that thinks it won't work or is a waste of time. Then when the new phone drops..its a MUST they have it haha! Just like everyone that said "i hope the iPhone 4 doesn't look like this Gizmodo leaks" "I hope the iPhone 5 doesn't have brushed metal" blah blah blah..doesn't stop sales. Go compare the iPhone 5 sales compared to the GS3..hahaha..no comparison :]
10-03-2012, 03:37 PM #7