Apple inks deal with fingerprint security startup Microlatch

“Despite leaving out near-field communications (NFC) technology — commonly used for close-proximity wireless payments — out of the latest iPhone 5, an deal signed between Apple and an Australian startup could see the technology brought to the technology giant’s future devices,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet.

“First reported by The Australian, the deal will see five-year old start-up Microlatch work with Apple, which will allow the technology giant to develop fingerprint technology for use in NFC applications,” Whittaker reports. “Sydney, Australia-based Microlatch owns patents and technologies that meet banking security standards that allows fingerprints and biometrics to be processed on the device without the need for transmission or storage.”

Whittaker reports, “Apple acquired fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec in July for $356 million… Putting the hardware purchase and part-software, part-patent agreement together almost certainly suggests that Apple is working on implementing fingerprint technology into one or more of its mobile products.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. So the next Mission Impossible/Bourne/Bond will include someone being knifed/garroted/blackjacked so their prints can be used to access/hack/utilize a secured iPhone. Looking forward to it.

  2. Actually, I think I was first to report that Apple would tie biometric authentication with NFC.

    I also know why the iOS 6 Maps app is messed up. Long story…

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