Laptops have used a primitive form of a finger print scanner for several years now, but with changing technology it was bound to get an update. Going back more than five years unlocking your laptop with your finger was seen as a gimmick, but it would seem Apple has made it cool once again, which is why we can expect to see the first SecurePad-enabled laptop on show at CES 2015, which starts next month.
Business-based laptops have still enjoyed making use of fingerprint sensors, but not so much consumer-based ones, but things look set to change. Synaptics leads the way in trackpad technology and they have come up with a way to integrate a fingerprint sensor onto the pad itself, rather than separately like you see on current laptops.
One of the reasons why is making use of a system similar to what the iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus iPad Air 2, mini 3 and the Galaxy S5 use. If Synaptics does go down this route, then we can expect a more reliable system.
Amazing prospects — With Synaptics being part of the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance there is a chance that laptops that use this new technology will allow the user to pay for items online, much like you can do with the iPhone 6, although it is still in its infancy.
The system is already available to OEMs, which means the likes of Dell, Samsung, HP etc can now work on new models to include this tech. Engadget believes that we could see our first example of this during the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015; so it will be interesting to see if this happens and if it is well received.