Apple acquires Israeli Camera Tech company LinX, future iPhones could have better cameras
Apple has announced that it has acquired LinX Computational Imaging, an Israeli company which deals with camera technology.
So, is Apple going to build a camera? Not necessarily, and here’s why.
BGR observes that LinX’s website mentions that their cameras are miniature ones, and are leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets.
This suggests that Apple could be incorporating the superior imaging technology into its future iPhones, and maybe even on iPads.
Oh, in case you didn’t know, DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras. They are the high end professional cameras used by photographers.
LinX specialises in cameras which use multi aperture technology for delivering a quality performance even in low light conditions, and for improved performance in HDR, refocusing, color fidelity, shutter lag, etc. That’s not all it can do, LinX also has a 3D image technology, which can capture multiple images at once to create a three dimensional image.
One of the selling features of the LinX cameras is the background focus blur mode, this is usually only supported by DSLR cameras.
Another key feature of LinX cameras is the Refocusing. This ability allows to refocus an image after it has been captured.
LinX cameras can also greatly reduce the Noise in photos, measuring the distance and size of objects, supports biometric 3d face recognition and can even remove the background entirely. It can also replace the background in real-time for video calls.
There was no formal announcement made by either of the parties, but the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s acquisition of LinX was worth $20 million.
TechCrunch received the following statement as a reply from Apple.
Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.
The Cupertino company’s phones already have great cameras, and it appears that they could get even better thanks to all these technologies. This will give it an edge over other smartphones not just in terms of photography, but also in the slim lens that LinX manufactures.
The Apple iPhone 6’s camera protrudes slightly, and this worried some users. However the next iPhone may not have such a problem, as LinX cameras, despite of being incredibly high tech, are miniature cameras. They measure at almost at half the size of a normal phone camera.
Chances are that Apple could also incorporate such high tech cameras on its MacBooks too. The very idea of DSLR quality lens in a mobile phone seems like a wonderful dream. But only time will tell us when this would become a reality.