Fingerprint Reader may finally become popular with new Apple mobiles

Rumors seem to indicate that Apple’s new iPhone and iPad models will incorporate a fingerprint reader to facilitate additional security. While Cloud services may help protect your data across platforms, using biometric security on mobile devices may be the next phase of protection needed in case you lose your smartphones and tablets.

Technology companies have already been using fingerprint readers in corporate identification and ID-cards. While fingerprints are not completely unique, and many biometric scanners scan samples of a “print” over a whole, it is another security step to protect against identity theft. Passwords alone have been compromised by hackers several times. Adding biometrics to mobile devices may be the next step.

In China, sales of the Lenovo smartphone catapulted as Lenovo became a major player in that market. It includes the fingerprint reader technology that Lenovo introduced in their 2013 notebooks and tablets. Lenovo offers use of different fingers to secure different applications.

Like all rumors awaiting Apple’s announcement on September 10 2013, the integrated fingerprint reader feature is only conjecture. If Apple doesn’t do it, a competitor might. Until 2013, the iPhone has been the leader in user-friendliness and methodology. Adding a larger screen and a fingerprint reader addresses two concerns that has plagued Apple’s value and mobile sales in 2013. In order for Apple to survive as a major player through 2014, device security and personalization is a practical extension of cloud data security.

The integrated fingerprint reader idea in a smartphone isn’t new. Motorola introduced it in 2011 for the European and US markets in their Atrix phone. Poor sales against iPhone and Samsung Galaxy helped make that feature barely recognizable.

Fingerprint readers have been available as optional accessories for notebook PC models for over a decade. If Apple decides to leap into integrating a fingerprint reader into their new iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lines, it could be a revolutionary use-changer. A fingerprint reader is an additional lock for the passwords you already use and a very secure method to thwart thieves from taking your mobile device.

Among the uses that have lagged behind in smartphones is mobile, online e-commerce has been the overall perception of security. As more mobile devices may start using a fingerprint reader in the future, decisions may need to be focused not only on the smartphone or tablet specifications but also on the integrity of the integrated biometric device. That could compromise very inexpensive tablet models. Biometric analysts, like Veracode, are likely to become major players in validating the new technologies needed.

Do you think the addition of a fingerprint reader will help you feel more secure with your mobile device? Will the fingerprint reader help you return from Android to iPhone? For now, it’s up to see what the minds at Apple have devised. Biometrics is the tech of the present. Is Apple ready to deliver it to you?

Is the Apple Mobile Reign waning from sea to shining sea?

According to Strategy Market Analytics, a research firm monitoring sales of smartphones, Samsung beat Apple in phone sales. Is the Apple Mobile Reign waning from sea to shining sea and beyond?

While that shift may change when Apple decides to offer smartphones with larger screens this year, Apple’s iPad sales are beginning to offer lackluster performance against less expensive tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7 and new $100 tablets with Google Play access. Is Apple’s dominance waning?

Apple’s skyrocketing growth appeared with the release of the iPod in the early 21st-century, with over 600,000 iPods sold in 2002. Prior to that release, Apple appeared as an attractive takeover target as its stock shares teetered in the low single digits. The pioneering iPhone and iPad sales further sealed Apple’s dominance as a fierce player and competitor.

While Samsung tablets didn’t come as close as Google’s to undercut Apple iPad sales, Samsung’s Galaxy S3, S4, and Note sales have shown powering popularity in international and USA sales against the smaller screens of the iPhone. This, too, translates as additional profits to Google’s Android OS.

Google’s new Nexus 7 releases July 30 as a 7″ tablet with a 1900×1200 screen. At $229, still undercutting iPad-junior, Nexus 7 ships with Android 4.3, the latest version of the popular mobile operating system. More Android users translate to lower Apple app store users. The Apple Mobile reign gets an even sharper undercut because it isn’t merely unit sales that count, app sales blend into the mix.

When it comes to investments, profits, and values, Google and Apple are sure bets. How sure and how long can it last? The sales numbers are close and Apple’s post-Steve Jobs executives aren’t blind to what’s happening. Apple may surprise everyone by November for a pre-holiday mobile release. It is rumored that Apple has been shopping larger smartphone screens overseas. Google is also spreading its sphere of influence around the world.

Yet, that’s where the California-based Apple mobile may lose out. It’s the world. Other manufacturers do the same and just can’t wait to squeeze the Apple mobile reign by an albeit tiny valuation difference in profits. Apple mobile products suffer United States thinking in a varied international market that transcends sea to shining sea. If Apple can make mobile devices in the USA and boost America’s jobs and economy, Apple mobile products may follow the successes of USA car makers over the past year.

One thing that Apple also needs to focus on is the kid’s market. Virtually all tablets for kids use Android-based tablets. Extremely popular in the United States, as kids grow using Android, Google’s Android may surpass Apple app popularity.

Is the Apple Mobile Reign waning? Not by much. As a premium product, Apple needs to be more creative. The creative genius of Steve Jobs has to extend out to help make Apple and the USA leaders of premium product lines for differing needs and ages. It’s the “premium” that Apple needs to push over the mere Apple mobile class and that mobile class should even include MacBook mobile products. That’s how you leave competition behind in the dust. As long as Apple executives fail to recognize that technology is now only part of the picture, the Apple mobile reign may wane as the years pass.