Authentec will no longer provide service to its customers and will become an exclusive supplier of Apple . The change will be effective from next year.
It’s a hard blow against the competition: companies like Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo or Fujitsu used to benefit from Authentec; and now they see how the acquisition makes all those benefits go to Cupertino’s engineers only. Its main attraction: a fingerprint detector that could be integrated into future Apple products in the long term. But Apple headquarters may have more plans in addition to taking advantage of these components.
Now rivals will have to turn to other manufacturers, although they already have a clue as to where Apple’s plans are going in terms of future security measures and advantages in iOS terminals. And who knows, we may also see a fingerprint recognition system on the company’s desktops and laptops. In the meantime, we can have fun trying to guess where that sensor might be placed: on the home button, inside the screen’s own multi-touch sensors, on track pads and mice…