Has Apple purchased SnappyLabs and its SnappyCam burst mode app?

Has Apple purchased SnappyLabs and its SnappyCam burst mode app?
Apple has allegedly dipped into its cash hoard and purchased app developer SnappyLabs. The latter is the developer behind SnappyCam, an app that helps users take rapid fire burst photographs on the iPhone. The man behind the company and the app is John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineer from Down Under who devised a way for the camera on the iPhone to take 20 to 30 full-resolution shots in a single second.

SnappyCam has disappeared from the App Store and the website belonging to SnappyLabs has gone blank, suggesting that something has taken place. A published report on Saturday cites a source as saying that Apple has acquired the company. The report added that other big name tech giants were also sniffing around the company. Apple has yet to confirm the purchase, and there has been no speculation about the price of the purported acquisition.

When it was available in the App Store, SnappyCam sold for $1 and during the summer it was the number one paid iOS app in 9 countries. If it turns out that Apple did buy SnappyCam, we will probably see the technology incorporated into the native iPhone camera as soon as the Apple iPhone 6.
 

source: TechCrunch

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35 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Blog sites are basically the private investigators in the real world. 20-30 photos a second is pretty... fast.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

agreed. If this is true, Apple made a wise decision.

29. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

But this feautres is already available in few phones, i belive without the app itself...

31. Sauce unregistered

Like the 5s

2. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

They will always buy companies and will never invent their own methods. And for doing this they are considered innovative lol

4. stealthd unregistered

Just like when Google bought Android.

6. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Lets talk about how Google built a quantum computer, and artificial inteligence, and a smart car that has only been in 1 crash and that wasn't even it's fault. Now lets talk about apple... what did they invent? really good brainwashing? nope hitler did that first

8. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

they reinvented build quality and style when it comes to PC and mobile phones>> since i don't need a quantum computer nor a crash free car(coz i prefer driving meself) . Google did not build artificial intelligence>>they were always highly intelligent :P Samsung is waay ahead of google when it comes to building tech like nuclear reactors and stuff like that.

23. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Apple invented graphical UI on PCs, which is pretty damn important. When Apple II came out, Bill Gates bought one, and took one to his engineers and said: "Copy everything you can" (I've seen interview where one these engineers admits this). iPhone wasn't first smartphone, but it had best touchscreen, best usability, innovative scrolling and pinch to zoom gestures. Made from premium materials, cool design, iPhone revolutionalized phone market. Same thing with iPad. You can be die hard Android fan and blame Apple from lack of innovation now, but if you call Apple's past uninnovative, you just try to deny the truth.

25. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

ROFL, apple didn't invent the GUI, steve jobs actually was one of the people who could see thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Alto before it was announced, and he copied it

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Android was still in early development when Google bought it. Essentially they just bought the rights and then made it from scratch. Apple buys entire companies that have already been well established and have full products. There's a huge difference.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can't change a point to fit one scenario over the other. Google buys established products all the time and call it their own. Whether you care to admit it or not, Google bought Android. They did not create it. They bought Motorola. They bought Youtube. They bought Waze. I don't care what excuse you come up with about Android being in early development. Google still bought them plain and simple.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

But Google is never called innovative for the companies they bought, Apple is all the time. That was the main argument, that Apple just buys innovative products from companies and gets all the credit. I never said Google didn't buy companies, but they do act more humble about it than Apple does. The Motorola buy out was very different from any other. Motorola is technically a Google company, but they operate separately from Google and still make products independently, they made that very clear. Google doesn't stick their brand on their products or claim their products as their own. Yes, Google bought Android. But it was very different from Apple's acquisition of SnappyLabs. Android had barely been developed, was no where near a final product, and had nearly run out of money. Then, Google bought them, gave jobs to Andy Rubin and a few other Android founders, and gave them all the money and extra devs they needed to develop Android. SnappyLabs actually has a product that Apple could use, and rather than spending the R&D money to develop it themselves, they just bought them. And I can bet that when Apple implements SnappyLabs products into iOS, Apple will be praised for it, even though they did no real work.

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Apple bought the NSA, now they spy on us. 100% hello you hear me.

30. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I hope you re read all the BS you wrote...

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Bazinga!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Chill out Sheldon

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's been silenced

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

Every large tech company you can think of does this. This is not an Apple specific thing. Get over it.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Finally someone with maturity.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You nailed it with that comment. Bang bang.

7. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

food for thought! why doesn't the righteous flame in you build your own smart phone? you buy what you want and implement it differently. Nobody is innovative or has been innovative when it comes to phones in 2013. Everything was either a tweak or an optimization >> what's your point?

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Nawww. Nokia bought them out.. Lol. Just joking..

10. bigstrudel

Posts: 595; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I've been using this app for a long time. Fastest snapper around across all platforms.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How well does it work on the 4S and 5?

32. bigstrudel

Posts: 595; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Extremely fast burstmode for the iPhone 5. As fast as the 5S does with the stock camera app.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Optimizing JPEG encoding for ARM chipsets? Sounds like Apple has hired some serious talent here

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Optimizing JPEG encoding for ARM chipsets? Sounds like Apple has hired some serious talent here

24. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Google acquired Timely, few days back, PA forgot to mention about this, and I'm not allowed to post the link over here, so search about it........ They also acquired lots of app companies before, like Quickoffice, Youtube, etc. but why for you guys it's only evil if apple does this, and not if google does this, every big companies does this, to improve the experience for their users, so grow up guys, instead of fighting for ur fanboyism, just think how these acquisitions will improve our experience as a end user..............

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