When Apple continued to give us that standard 8 MP camera on its new iPhones, many were surprised, considering the 16 MPs Android shutters on certain flagships. But Apple then assured that photography through the 8MP camera is as professional as it can get. The Cupertino-giant is now looking to provide further impetus to its camera tech, as it has acquired Linx, an Israel-based, DSLR-like camera module maker.
Apple, upon numerous queries, confirmed the acquisition to WSJ via its customary, post-acquisition two-liner,
Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.
The deal has been valued to the north of $20 Million by WSJ, citing sources familiar with the deal.
Linx is a maker of high-res camera module hardware, designed specifically for tablets and smartphones. The startup manufactures modules which not only provide the kinds of background defocus popular on low aperture lenses paired with DSLRs, but also provide top-notch low-light photography.
One obvious, and rather immediate use of Linx’s camera tech could be in the next-gen iPhones and iPads. Apple could also use the same in its upcoming notebooks, to provide better low-light and general photography, replacing the current camera modules.