“As the technology world buzzes with speculation that the next iPhone will have a fingerprint reader, makers of biometric security devices are bracing for a race among smartphone makers to adopt the technology,” Marie Mawad and Adam Ewing report for Bloomberg News.

“Apple Inc. will unveil a new iPhone next month, according to a person familiar with the plans,” Mawad and Ewing report. “ABI Research and KGI Securities Co. are among the industry watchers that say the device will include a fingerprint reader, a prediction bolstered by Apple’s $350 million purchase of fingerprint- sensor maker AuthenTec Inc. last year. ‘Apple is giving a strong indication that market leaders see biometrics as part of their roadmap,’ said Thomas Marschall, chief executive officer of Precise Biometrics AB, a maker of authentication equipment such as fingerprint sensors in Lund, Sweden. ‘All competitors are looking for alternatives to match Apple — it’s the kickoff of a rally in the industry.’”

Mawad and Ewing report, “An Apple embrace of fingerprint sensors could give the technology a lift, much like the boost touch screens got after the iPhone’s introduction in 2007. Device makers started paying attention to biometrics, which can replace passwords and signatures, after the AuthenTec acquisition, Marschall said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Device makers not named Apple are late as always.

Mawad and Ewing report, “A fingerprint sensor would provide iPhone users a simpler way to access files via the Internet and make mobile purchases, strengthening Apple in its battle with devices using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, according to Kuo Mingchi, a KGI analyst in Taipei who covers Apple suppliers. An iPhone with the technology would provide ‘fresh momentum’ for fingerprint-sensor suppliers, the analyst said in an Aug. 12 note.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. The rest follow. As usual.