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Fingerprint outfit warns as Apple doesn't touch the tech

by on18 September 2017

Hands off Fingerprent Cards

Smartphone component maker Fingerprint Cards  has warned revenue would be far below market estimates in the third quarter  and the Tame Apple Press claims it is because Apple has abandoned the technology, sending its shares tumbling 22 percent.

The Swedish company, which makes fingerprint sensors used to unlock smartphones, has suffered from industry wide over-supply. Now, larger clients are switching to back-mounted sensors that sell for less than those activated by touching the Home button.

FPC said average selling prices for sensors have fallen by around 30 percent, versus a previous forecast of more than 20 percent. It said the industry had also turned more cautious ahead of Apple’s iPhone X launch last week, dampening demand.

“Fingerprints is currently experiencing a cautious market and one contributing factor is Apple’s launch”, FPC said in a statement on Monday. It also blamed a weaker US dollar.

The company now sees third quarter revenue of between $100-105 million.

Analysts were previously expecting much more than that. The company had warned on profits three times since the end of 2016 and abandoned giving revenue forecasts.

Apple’s iPhone X includes hardware for facial recognition instead of a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone. Some analysts say this is bad news for Fingerprint Cards, though others believe it is too early to tell. The company makes fingerprint and iris detection technology, but not facial recognition.

Chief Executive Christian Fredrikson told analysts and media on Monday that it was too early to say if FPC would lose market share because of the iPhone X launch.

Last modified on 18 September 2017
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