Behind the worsening performance at Korea's CrucialTec, it was revealed during their annual shareholders' meeting that they failed to strike a supply deal for fingerprint sensors in Samsung's new Galaxy S5. With their performance on shaky ground, CrucialTec's CEO recounts a tale of his meeting with Apple's top brass including the late CEO Steve Jobs.
In remembering the good old days of what might have been, CrucialTec's CEO Charles Ahn tells a tale to the Korean press of his meeting with Apple's executive team including the late CEO Steve Jobs. In his account, Ahn states that he met with the top brass at Apple to persuade them to adopt the firm's optical trackpad, then its flagship product, for the iPhone 3 released on July 1, 2008.
Ahn recounts: "All Apple managers working on the team for input devices liked the idea of installing the OTP in the home button of iPhone 3, which could have totally changed the user interface of the iPhones. [Steve] Jobs, who was the final decision maker for iPhone 3, however, rejected the offer at the last minute."
Ahn dreams on and further stated that "If installed with the controller, the iPhones could have had an entirely different story."
Call me a skeptic, but it sounds like Ahn, who recently confessed losing a crucial sale to Samsung for their biometric fingerprint scanner that mattered in the "now" is somehow in need to confess that his pitch to Apple about placing an optical sensor in the iPhone's Home button was an idea that could have changed his company's history. Yet the tale is almost bordering on Ahn really suggesting that Apple's Touch ID that's found in the Home Button of the iPhone 5S stems back to his earlier sales pitch of hiding sensors in the Home Button.
To make his confession sound remotely plausible, he purposely points to Softbank's CEO who had claimed it was he who pitched a smartphone with iPod functionality to Apple before there was ever an iPhone. It's Ahns way of saying that all of Apple's great ideas about the iPhone were not Apple's but rather from others. This is being said while Samsung is fighting Apple in a California Court over patent infringement. What a strange coincidence.
Isn't it funny how these little tales come out of the woodwork after someone dies? Funnier yet is CrucialTec's CEO having problems with their financials due in part to missing a sale to Samsung, going out of his way to whine about the past with Apple. What does that have to do with anything in the now? Is the timing of this story a favor to Samsung? Who knows, but it's a little strange to say the least.
At the end of the day, you know that I'm skeptical about these tales, how about you?