After weeks of rumors and anticipation Apple Inc yesterday evening finally confirmed that they are bringing the “Touch-ID” fingerprint sensor into the new iPad.

The total World Tablet market in 2013 was around 195 million units (Gartner Group). Apple sold 70 of these. Now the pressure is on in the rest of the 125 million units tablet market.


September 4th World no 3, Huawei launched a silicon area sensor implemented in the rear side of their Ascend Mate 7 “Phablet” (size between a phone and a tablet).

Later in September NEXT launched a 30 per cent smaller touch area sensor (144 mm2 active area) targeted at the mobile and tablet markets .

NEXT is at present in dialogue with a range of TIER 1 and TIER 2 players in the Tablet and Smartphone markets – confirming the industry growing acceptance of importance of sensor size and convenient sensor positioning.

Enabled by its patented Active Thermal Principle, NEXT offers high quality area fingerprint sensor at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Wearables, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, Usb-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted. NEXT BIOMETRICS GROUP ASA is a publically listed company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle, San Francisco, Prague, Taipei and Shanghai.

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