“While Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensors remain limited to the latest iPhone and iPad models and have yet to appear in any Mac hardware, Synaptics announced on Wednesday that its new SecurePad fingerprint scanning hardware is now available to notebook PC makers,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
“Calling it the ‘first solution to integrate fingerprint ID technology into the TouchPad,’ the Synaptics SecurePad is a 4-by-10-millimeter sensor on the surface of a notebook’s cursor controls,” Hughes reports. “The SecurePad activates with the touch of a finger, and like Apple’s Touch ID, it supports fingerprint detection at any angle.”
“SecurePad hardware is now available for PC makers to implement in their notebooks, and can be utilized in various TouchPad, ClickPad and ForcePad sizes. Manufacturers can also utilize optional LEDs for visual feedback,” Hughes reports. “Interest in fingerprint scanners has seen renewed interest thanks to Apple’s Touch ID, which debuted last year in the iPhone 5s, and allows users to quickly and securely have their fingerprint scanned from any angle. This year, Apple also introduced Touch ID in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “jpbeads13” for the heads up.]