Share:

Apple Hiring Software Engineer To Work On Fingerprint Sensor For iPhone 5S?

Share:

Spotted by AppleInsider, a new job listing posted by Apple in the city of Melbourne, Florida, seems to indicate that the company may be looking for a software engineer to join its team of fingerprint sensor engineers from AuthenTec, a fingerprint sensor chips making company which Apple acquired last year for $356 million. The listing seeks a candidate who will work on software called ‘LabTool’, used for sensor integrated circuits developed at Apple’s “Melbourne Design Center.”

ITruePrint Cross

The source points out that since are no other job listings on Apple’s site located in Melbourne, it suggests that the new hire would be a part of AuthenTec’s existing operations. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo of KGI Securities reported a couple of months back that Apple plans to launch its next generation iPhone with a fingerprint sensor featuring AuthenTec’s technology. He claimed that the sensor will be located under the home button on the handset, allowing users to bypass password entry and may even authenticate e-wallet transactions.

Apple’s new Software Engineer vacancy in Melbourne seeks a candidate that will write low-level control firmware for “sensor ICs” built at the Melbourne Design Center. These “sensor functions” will include array control, gain control, calibration and security.

Qualified candidates for the newly available job must have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science.

Do you think Apple will include an integrated fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S?

Share:

  • OliChabot

    Shouldn’t we start seeing mock ups and more infos about the new iPhone if it’s going to be released in June ?

  • Al

    You would think a “Technology Enthusiast” who blogs about the stuff would at least have a faint clue as to how long it takes to develop things. From a, yet to be hired engineer – to development of firmware – to integration with iOS – to production… You’re talking a year at the very least – probably two. So… iPhone 5S? Seriously?!

  • WatDaPhuck

    My thoughts exactly. If he were to say iPhone 6, I would have at least respected the idea.

  • K3

    wasn’t AuthenTec acquired last year for 356 million?

  • Al

    The article suggests this guy is the one to start the process. Apple may, or may not, have started such development sooner. If the capability does come out soon, then the article is assuming the wrong thing. However, its highly unlikely that Apple would disrupt a newly acquired company’s current work load to immediately focus on Apple’s own projects.

  • K3

    “suggests this guy is the one to start the process”??
    …….
    “software engineer to join its team of fingerprint sensor engineers from AuthenTec”..doesnt say “to lead”-Authentec was an existing company with product in development acquired a year ago.

    “highly unlikely that Apple would disrupt a newly acquired company’s current work load to immediately focus on Apple’s own projects.”

    what?

  • Al

    I recall a reference to integration with iOS, either in this article or in the job posting – which then implied this guy may be the one doing the integration. It’s not there now. Maybe edited? Maybe I’m hallucinating? I don’t know.

    As to the latter comment… Do you think this company was sitting on its hands waiting for someone to buy them? They would have had commitments that would still need to be met. Whatever Apple wanted from them, it would have had to be scheduled in. Whether that be a month after purchase or a year, no one but those involved would know the answer.

Deals