Apple's rumored acquisition of LinX could allow future iPhones to offer SLR quality images

Apple's rumored acquisition of LinX could allow future iPhones to offer SLR quality images
Earlier today, we told you that based on data from Flickr, the cameras that reside on the rear of the Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 6 are the most popular cameras in the world. But Apple is apparently not satisfied with that and yesterday the tech titan reportedly purchased Israeli smart camera company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. While the price of the acquisition was undisclosed, the word on the street is that Apple paid $20 million for the company.

LinX builds smartphone and tablet cameras with sensors that provide depths of field in one image. When combined, the images form a 3D picture. Photographs taken from LinX cameras are single-lens-reflex (SLR) quality, despite coming from a small smartphone camera. The technology also allows for high quality images to be captured in low-light conditions. When lighting is normal, these cameras offer faster exposure times.


We could see Apple employing LinX technology on the iPhone, iPad and perhaps even the Apple Watch. This might take place with the 2016 release of what is expected to be the Apple iPhone 7. There is also speculation that Apple will employ a dual lens system on future models, similar to what was on the HTC One (M8).

By producing a multi-aperture camera for future iPhone models, LinX could use smaller sensors that would result in a rear camera for the iPhone that not only improves on the current unit, but would also do away with the protruding lens seen on the newest iPhone models.

source: Forbes

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26 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Can't wait to see the results of this acquisition in 2020.

6. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I can't wait for all the dumb ass isheep to start selling their dslrs just to buy the latest iPhone, thinking the quality is actually the same.

13. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I hope it will be real great, and I'd be buying my first iPhone:) got bored to use android now.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why, and in what ways are you bored with android?

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Imagine how bored he will get with iOS when you cant customise anything... lololol

7. seven7dust unregistered

more like 2016 just like authentec and siri , 2 years to implement is usually Apple's timetable. Samsungphanboy don't you get bored of trolling Apple articles ?

9. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

not when he is secretly using an iphone.

2. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

They might be able to match entry level DSLR cameras in optimal situations, but a DSLR is unmatched at low light, zoom, etc. These people aren't being entirely honest with their advertising.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And people are stupid if they believe it. Please don't come here with "only iSheepz would believe that" because every OEM advertises its camera as entry level DSLR competitor while it's nothing but lie.

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Where did he say anything of the sort? He simply said that a DSLR can't be matched by a smartphone camera, and that company, LinX, isn't being entirely honest with their advertising. He said absolutely nothing about Apple users or even Apple itself, the comment was directed at LinX.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ohhh give me a freaking break. NO they Will Never Come near, it got small sensor with crap objectives.

8. seven7dust unregistered

but it might improve low light photos and macro shots, especially with multi-apeture and multi exposure lenses. HDR and dynamic range will improve considerabily. any improvement is worth it ! but obviously it won't come near DSLR quality ,but it's useful.

15. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

If it does better then S6, that will be great achievement too. I guess at the moment S6 ad 6+ are great options who looking smartphone with great camera

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Don't you mean S6 and S6Edge? The 6+ doesn't even come close

10. viper7916

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

The note 4 already shows it can take better pictures than entry level dslr.

12. Sauce5 unregistered

You know nothing about photography, Jon Snow. The T3i, T4i, T5i and the respectable Nikon equivalents are all entry level DSLRs that will blow any smartphone out of the water like a naval ship sinking a row boat. It doesn't matter about the camera anyway, it matters about what glass (lens) you are using. My Note 4 or iPhone don't come anywhere close to the photographs taken by my T3i w/ Tamron 150-600mm, let alone the stock lenses. Keep dreaming.

16. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

He is talking about blind camera test on PA where Note 4 seems to win, and I don't know how's that possible even or they've used DSLR from its early time :)

18. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It was and is possible when the DSLR is used in auto mode with its kitlens. Which in all fairness (and sadly...) is how the majority of DSLR's (and entry level ones are a majority already) are being used. Obviously, when you know how to extract the full potential and combined with a better lens, there is no comparison. But depending on the person using it, that test was therefore a real world scenario for many DSLR owners. But it shouldn't tell them the Note 4 is the better tool, it should encourage them to learn their tools better and start taking control.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1020 has done that in a youtube video so it is nothing new (well before the note 4 came to light). As well, the dslr was thrown in RAW mode and shown unprocessed which is a horrible way to test a dslr. Raw is so that you CAN tinker with it, not show it literally untinkered

25. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The only thing I will say about DSLR's is combined with a 100mm macro lens the macro photo quality will blow anything any iphone or galaxy phone can produce. The thing is though, there isn't much difference in the sensors, its the lenses that make all the difference. This is why in every day photos, both DSLR and phone in full auto are of similar quality. Its when you do something more technical, the DSLR really shines.

26. Sauce5 unregistered

There are no metrics. Its A vs B. It isn't "well A is better than B WHEN.." A (smartphone) will never be as good as B (DSLR) any time in the near future.

11. Sauce5 unregistered

Rumored? It was confirmed. Why does PA never do much research.

14. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

As a news source, I would prefer your headlines not parrot marketing claims.

17. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Doesn't intel already do all of this with its RealSense cameras?

19. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Who cares if it really isn't DSLR quality as long as it's a step towards improving what is already not so bad now? As a Note 4 owner, i both like my camera and hope every phone released after kicks its ass. Just means my next phone will be that much better.

21. _haXXan_

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 27, 2015

iPhone ♥ ;... bring it on...apple never dissapoint their customers x

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