Apple has kept a focus on the camera in its iPhone lineup for many years, and the company may have made a recent business move to help in that endeavor.
As first reported by Image Sensors World, Apple may have acquired the camera sensor company InVisage. The report is based on information put together from a pair of unnamed sources, and says that the acquisition may have closed sometime back in July of this year.
“Reportedly, there is some sort of acquisition deal reached between Invisage and Apple. A part of Invisage employees joined Apple. Another part is looking for jobs, apparently. While the deal has never been officially announced, I got an unofficial confirmation of this story from 3 independent sources.”
Unfortunately, as is par for the course with these types of acquisitions, information is pretty light at this point. The original report points out that InVisage is no longer an investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms like Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners, and InVisage has removed its employee profiles page and its own news page from its website.
As far as InVisage goes, the company was founded back in 2006 and it is based out of Newark, California. The company has been working on camera sensors for years, and developed something called QuantumFilm, which can maximize a camera’s capabilities in terms of sensing light.
Apple doesn’t usually comment on these types of acquisitions, so it’s not likely that a spokesperson will confirm the news. Apple has one of the best smartphone cameras on the planet, but the company will surely not slow down in that department. An acquisition like this could go along way to making key improvements along the way.
Update: According to a new report from TechCrunch, this deal has indeed gone through. The new report doesn’t add much to the original report, stating key details that were already surfaced in regards to confirmation of the deal. The publication was able to get the standard response from Apple, though:
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
And here’s the report from TC:
“TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Apple has picked up InVisage Technologies, a startup that develops solutions to improve imaging capabilities on space-constrained devices, like smartphones.”