GADGET DESIGNER Apple has bought the camera app outfit Snappylabs.
Snappylabs produces Snappycam, an iOS app that appeared last year and brought burst photo taking to the iPhone before Apple did. It has been a popular download at the App Store ever since.
The application lets users take a burst of 20 8MP images, at a high quality and to a professional standard.
Apple will take on both the firm, and its sole employee, a John Papandriopoulos, who also happens to be its founder, and a bit of a whizz at photography software.
Papandriopoulos has been bullish about his work in the past. He rewrote the JPEG algorithm to boost photo-taking speeds, and has created a market leading alternative in Snappycam, software that bests hardware firms at their own game, he boasted.
"Today, [we] introduce a groundbreaking update to Snappycam: full-sensor capture up to 8MP at an incredible 20 pictures/sec. That's faster than any other mobile platform, including Android, and 4x faster than any other camera app on iOS," he said last summer as he released an updated app.
Apple is not being drawn into discussions about the firm, its purchase and its future plans, but it has confirmed to The INQUIRER that the deal is fact.
"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," it said.
Snappycam is no longer available at Apple's App Store. We do not know what Apple intends to do with it, but, given the increasing gains that the software makes on the DSLR market, it is very possible that Snappycam will become part of its iPhone imaging setup. µ