There had been rumors earlier that future iPhones might get cameras that can even rival pictures taken with high-end SLR cameras. Now it seems those rumors might actually turn out to be true, as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has acquired Israel-based LinX Imaging, which specializes in micro-camera technology. The price of the deal has not been disclosed, but WSJ reports that Apple spent nearly $20 million dollars for the photo and imaging based company, citing sources.
Micro-camera technology is mostly used in modern day smartphones and tablets. LinX’s cameras render high-quality images even in low-light conditions, while also eliminating blur from pictures taken indoors. LinX Imaging claims that it uses state-of-the-art camera technology that makes use of improved image processing, superior sensors and optics technology to deliver better results. The company also said that its miniature camera modules deliver superior image quality even in low light conditions along with faster exposure even while indoors.
As already mentioned, cameras built by LinX are notably smaller compared to most modern day cameras. For now, the company is primarily focusing on developing camera technology for smartphones and other handhelds that can deliver DSLR image quality. These cameras use a wide range of sensors that can capture multiple shots at a time. It uses an array of sensors that can capture multiple shots at the same time, while its cameras can gauge depth using proprietary algorithms and generate 3D maps, face recognition and much more.
Apple did not reveal much about the deal and clearly declined to provide any further details about the deal. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans”, the Cupertino-based company said in a statement.
Meanwhile, LinX also denied to make any comments on the matter.
Experts suggest that Apple could deploy LinX’s ‘multi-aperture’ technology in its iPhones. We can also see them in future MacBooks, as the company is quite known for slimming down its laptops.
The acquisition further bolsters Apple’s position in Israel, being Apple’s largest research and development base outside the U.S with over 700 employees.