Apple purchases Israeli camera technology company LinX for US$20 million
Apple purchases Isreali imaging company LinX for US$20 million
An iPhone with dual cameras? It looks silly, but it could be the future.
Apple has just confirmed that it has acquired an Israeli camera technology called LinX for US$20 million. LinX's specialty is in multi-aperture camera technology and its cameras uses multiple sensors to capture 2D and 3D images. This allows it to create 3D modelling as well as measure dimensions of an object, similar to Intel's RealSense 3D as seen in the recent Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet.
LinX's technology can also allow users to refocus an image after it has been taken, just like the Lytro camera and the HTC One M8. The use of multiple sensors can also enable effects like background focus blur and parallax images.
Additionally, LinX claims that its cameras are significantly more compact than any others in the world and can offer "DSLR quality" in slim handsets. The iPhones are renown for its photo qualities, so it is not surprising to see Apple investing in this area.
So don't be surprised to see the next iPhones with two or more cameras.