Norwegian fingerprint sensor maker Next Biometrics says the “Apple Effect” has helped it gain over 170 sales leads in both existing and new markets in the first half of 2015.The firm says its products are attracting interest not just for smartphones but also tablets, notebooks, tokens, keyfobs, internet-of-things, payments and a range of other new innovative applications.NEXT CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe said in a company update that during the previous six months, the company has focused on extending the product offering, securing a distribution network and Increasing production capacity, among others.Etholm-Idsøe said that based on detailed market feedback in 2014, the first half of 2015 included release of six different modules to replace the first original 2014 fingerprint sensor module. “This had the effect of postponing some sales, but will have a significant positive impact going forward. NEXT now has a product portfolio that covers the market needs in all targeted key market segments.””Significant resources have also been allocated for the company's first TIER 1 customer project in order to secure a perfect performance from NEXT fingerprint sensor modules as the customer launches various products from the third quarter and onward,” the NEXT CEO said.