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 It's not the fingerprint sensor that's important. It's the fact that Apple can get over 100Million Credit Cards in its Apple Store 'Fingerprint Protected' over the course of the next year, and potentially, a billion in 5 years (if we all eventually buy a new iPhone/iPad/MBA). Samsung doesn't have that payer database.... and they likely don't want to just give Their tech to a carrier or Google, and if they do the chain of 'security' starts to dissolve. 'trusted...
It's pretty well documented how Authentec's technology is purported to work.   It's hard to fake a 3D fingerprint.  Agreed the fingerprint should be part of the authentication1) The device Identifier should be paired with the AppleID, and should have a password to marry the 22) the fingerprint then verifies to the device that the person is who they say they are3) the combo platter to external internet applications get Identity(device, password (app specific... from...
 3 words:  Multi Factor Authentication.You may not realize, but all US Banks are required to have 2 distinct forms of authentication-Something you have (and can't be copied)-Something you know (which is the weakest)-Something you are (and can't be copied) But most are executing  'single factor executed multiple times'  (password, and 'secret question/answer')Hard tokens are a pricy mess to provisionBiometrics on a scale is _really_ hard.   And most are 2D  (Authentec is...
The stock will drop no matter what. The fingerprint sensor is long pull item... It won't sell more iPhones or iPads, at least for a couple years...But... Eventually Apple's 'in-app' payment system and Passbook will be a multi-billion dollar business... at 2-30% of the transaction price.And if the convenience for the buyer and the retailer is there, then the retailer will evolve to using Apple as a payment processor, and the buyer will evolve to using the iOS...
meh.   I still think the end game is that your iOS device [registered as a certificate at apple.com], your fingerprint[locally encrypted, and a secret key to a certificate that Apple has the public key at apple.com], your AppleID username and password (again stored locally in the form of a certificate and challenged 'occasionally'), the person's GPS location/IP address (and possibly a few minutes before and after), will be the basis of a an eCommerce system that Apple...
Because  1) the current AExpresses worked fine with the new Extremes and TCs, and with the MBAs released this midsummer.   2) critical mass is in iOS devices.  this timing makes sense. Putting out a new Extreme base station 4 months before allows those with MBAs (who are spending $1XXX) to have the ability to exploit over 300mbps... That is a select few [I would venture to guess most people [99%] who own apple endpoints and Apple Airports have a <100mbps Internet uplink,...
I'm assuming that in the near future that Apple will be able to sell you access to these apps (if you are in the US ITMS). This rapid increase in AppleTV apps makes me think the 'next' AppleTV will have a lot of new features, and one of them would be buying subscriptions through Apple.   I'm in the same boat... my city provides cable over FIOS, and they are not on the list of standard cable providers.
On the other hand,   An unofficial rumor has been negated by an unofficial spokesman for apple.   Sigh...
Not true... Fashion accessories are OF VALUE, if it makes OTHER PEOPLE seeing them on me, WANT TO BE ME, BECAUSE MY LIFE IS BETTER THAN THEIRS.   It's not about expense... it's about value. Maybe Vanity, Definitely Ego/Narcissism... but it's a value statement.   The iPod Shuffle is a classic 'must have'  accessory.   at $79 not expensive... almost like 'fashion jewelry' in that regard, but the function made other people want it as much as the form.  And Apple made it to...
That one is harder to grok.   It is obvious that 'wearables' are the next trend down in personal consumer computing. Minimally an extension of a more complete 'compute platform' (be it cloud, a mobile device, or a local WiFi enabled platform (iTV)...   Google has 'specced' out (pun intended), the 'high ground' (pun 2), in google glass.   It is apparent that is geek/nerd centric and is less likely for general consumer appeal, although, I think 'HUD' will become standard in...
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