Apple Pays $20M for High Tech Camera Company

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Any time Apple acquires a company that specializes in a certain technological arena, the rumor mill whirls to life. Last week was no different. When the news hit the street that Apple had agreed to pay an estimated $20 million for an Israeli-based company that specializes in small, high quality imaging modules, speculation kicked to life about big plans for the future of iPhone and iPad cameras.

Linx imaging modules

Linx imaging module

LinX Imaging is known for manufacturing tiny, multi-aperture cameras for mobile devices. LinX cameras have also been used in the past for tablets and Ultrabooks, leading to the likely conclusion that their product may soon find its way onto not only iOS devices, but Mac desktops and laptops.

Things get even more exciting for Apple devotees when you look further to discover that LinX manufactures depth-sensing shooters capable of capturing both 2D and 3D images. Other tricks found in the proverbial LinX hat include an array of special effects that can refocus images after they’ve already been shot, improved low-light performance, and the ability to pack DSLR-quality technology into slim handsets.

Currently, the iPhone uses Sony-manufactured image sensor technology. Although mum’s the word so far from Apple on their intended plans, it stands to reason that the acquisition will pave the way for in-house development of its camera hardware.

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