“Fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec on Monday reportedly notified existing customers that it will not be offering its security technology to the companies starting next year, causing a ‘state of panic’ as the firms scramble to find comparable replacements,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“In an email to its customers, which includes Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo and Fujitsu, Apple acquisition AuthenTec reportedly said it will no longer be honoring orders come 2013, a source told Korean language website etnews,” Campbell reports. “The announcement may be an indication of what Apple plans to do with the company and its technology after purchasing the firm in July for $356 million.”

Campbell reports, “AuthenTec is well known for its work in fingerprint sensor tech and it was rumored that Apple might be looking to implement the biometric security asset into an upcoming iPhone.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Edward W." for the heads up.]

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