Apple ended 2013 with various purchases, and it seems that the company plans to continue the trend in 2014. First reported by TechCrunch, Apple has confirmed that they have indeed purchased SnappyLabs, the developer behind SnappyCam, an alternative camera app based on various breakthroughs in JPEG compression that allowed it to take photos significantly faster than any other app.
Apple has acquired the one-man photo technology startup SnappyLabs, maker ofSnappyCam, sources tell me. [Update 1/5/2014 9:15am PST: Apple confirms the acquisition.] The startup was founded and run solely by John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineering PhD from the University Of Melbourne who invented a way to make the iPhone’s camera take full-resolution photos at 20 to 30 frames per second — significantly faster than Apple’s native iPhone camera.
The purchase was then confirmed by Apple to Kara Swisher.
It seems likely that iOS 8′s camera app will include at least some of this technology.