Originally Posted by reydn
If fingerprint technology is old, I guess I'm ancient. No one seems to get fingerprinting right - until now. I'd say the technology is just coming out of puberty.
laptops were old technology when the MacBook was released
mp3 players were old when the iPod was released
Smartphones had been around for years prior to the iPhone
Microsoft claims that they invented the tablet computer in 2001, 9 years before the iPad.
Apple didn't invent 64bit computing… just made it work for phones.
Apple didn't invent fingerprint authentication… just made it right for the consumer. It's not perfect, just better. I suspect, like Siri, this will be tuned up every year with HW and SW to make it better. Something that will be hard to do in an 'open' solution, given the number of HW and SW variations.