Last month, Apple paid $356 million (£232.7m) to acquire AuthenTec Inc, which makes fingerprint recognition and near field communications (NFC) software for smartphones and personal computers.
A filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday (August 15) appears to suggest that Apple was in a hurry to get the deal - its biggest since buying Anobit Technologies for $400 million last year - done as quickly as possible.
"Representatives of Apple also noted Apple's desire to proceed quickly due to its product plans and ongoing engineering efforts," said the "Background of the Merger" section of the filing.
"As a result of its focus on timing, Apple's representatives also informed the Company that Apple would not participate in an auction process and would rescind its proposal if the board decided to solicit alternative acquisition proposals for the Company."
AuthenTec has developed a patented swipe sensor system that reads the live layer of skin beneath the actual fingerprint to make it accurate "for everyone every time".
The company says that this approach means that fingerprints can be read even when fingers are oily, marked or heavy with calluses.
Alongside boosting security, the technology also has other functionality, such as being able to set different tasks for different digits. In theory, this would allow the user to unlock their phone with their thumb, but then access their email with an index finger.
Apple has not released a statement on its plans for AuthenTec, but it could be that fingerprint technology will be introduced with the next generation of the iPhone, which is expected to be announced on September 12.
However, AuthenTec also produces other security technology for mobile, and the firm only recently agreed a deal with Apple's fierce rival Samsung Electronics, involving the QuickSec VPN security software coming to future Samsung Android phones and tablets.