Apple Buys Maker Of SnappyCam, A Hi-Speed Camera App For iPhone

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Apple has acquired SnappyLabs, the small startup behind the SnappyCam iPhone app, according to a report from TechCrunch. SnappyCam gave the user the ability to shoot 20 full-res photos per second with the iPhone’s camera. By comparison, Apple’s new Burst Mode on the iPhone 5s can only capture 10 photos per second.

The price Apple paid and exact date of the acquisition remain unknown, but the SnappyCam app was recently pulled from the App Store.

“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,” reports TechCrunch. “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.”

SnappyLabs is likely one of the last remaining 15 companies Apple bought in 2013 that hadn’t been made public, until now. The app worked very similarly to Burst Mode in the iOS 7 Camera app. The user could shoot a collection of photos and choose ones to keep from a slideshow.

Update: Apple has confirmed the acquisition to Re/code. SnappyLabs was likely purchase for its creator, John Papandriopoulos, and his research. Papandriopoulos had created a faster way to process and compress JPEGs.

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  • mrbofus

    “The price Apple payed”

    Really? Come on guys…it’s “paid”, not “payed”.

  • jschmeck

    There is absolutely no excuse for misspelling the word “paid.” A simple spell check would catch that.

  • Gregory Wright

    He’s only human. Humans make mistakes sometimes.

  • Taojones_1

    payed paid you guys are weenies for pointing it out and having nothing to say about the content of the article ! (english is a dynamic language anyway go take some selfies of yourselves being punished for rudeness for not pretending not to notice)

  • dcj001

    payed paid you guys are weenies for pointing it out and having nothing to say about the content of the article ! (english is a dynamic language anyway go take some selfies of yourselves being punished for rudeness for not pretending not to notice)

    There is absolutely no excuse for misspelling the word “paid.” A simple spell check would catch that.

    “The price Apple payed”

    Really? Come on guys…it’s “paid”, not “payed”.

    He’s only human. Humans make mistakes sometimes.

    I was not familiar with “payed” until I looked it up.

    If you are going to say that someone is incorrect, it is important to, first, ensure that you are correct.

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