Apple Acquired AuthenTec: fingerprint scanners manufacturer

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Apple has agreed the acquisition of AuthenTec, a security company that makes fingerprint sensors. The Florida-based company announced earlier this month that QuickSec VPN products will be provided for smartphones and tablets from Samsung. It allows to secure communication, via a VPN client based on Internet Protocol Security.



AuthenTec has more than 100 million fingerprint sensors are supplied to customers such as Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Fujitsu and HP.

Also, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Texas Instruments are on the list of customers. About 20 million of them are used it in mobile phones. Apple reportedly paid $ 356 million for the acquisition of AuthenTec and would like to use as business applications from the iPhone and iPad. The finger print sensors AuthenTec may also be used in computers, such as laptop computers. In addition, the listing hardware and software in combination with the fingerprint sensors may be used. An NFC-based wallet in the range, something that Apple could use a payment function for a future iPhone. AuthenTec's board gave unanimous approval for the acquisition, amar there must still be approved by the remaining shareholders. Apple itself has not communicated about the acquisition.

 The acquisition may designate an nfc implementation of new Apple products. Previously were already rumors that Apple nfc support would work in the next iPhone. The Cupertino company would not say the newly purchased technology will be used

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