Apple has reportedly acquired SnappyLabs, the one-man development team behind the popular burst photography app SnappyCam.
The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch’s Josh Constine:
I first noticed something was up when we got tipped off that SnappyCam had disappeared from the App Store and all of SnappyLabs‘ websites went blank. Sources have since affirmed that the company was acquired by Apple, and that there was also acquisition interest “from most of the usual players”, meaning other tech giants. I don’t have details on the terms of the deal, and I’m awaiting a response from Apple, which has not confirmed the acquisition.
SnappyCam was created by John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineering PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Released in August 2012, the app was updated in July last year to version 3.0 with a shooting technology invented by Papandriopoulos. This technology practically redesigned how JPG images are compressed, enabling the iPhone to shoot full-resolution photos at up to 30 frames per second, faster even than the iPhone’s native burst mode.
Apple introduced burst mode shooting to the iPhone as part of iOS 7, allowing the iPhone 5s to take full-resolution images at a rate of 10 frames per second.
In all likelihood, Apple plans to integrate the snappier shooting technology of SnappyCam (which, as mentioned, is no longer available in the App Store) into its native burst photography feature.