Apple recently launched the iPhone X and iOS 11 to introduce the AR technology application and took things one step further. The most valuable company has launched the smartest phone equipped with the latest hardware technology. But the latest news about Apple shows that the company isn't too satisfied its own invention. Apple has bought a startup which specializes in making advanced sensors for mobile cameras.
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InVisage Technologies is the startup that iPhone maker has bought and this Apple news was first reported by the Image Sensors World in a blog post. However, there is no information about the amount that Apple had paid for the acquisition. The California-based small image sensor startup was founded in 2016. The startup built camera sensors that help the mobile cameras to capture high-quality images in low-light that could boost up Apple’s camera technology. The QuantumFilm is the company’s most popular and primary product that assists the smartphones to capture better images and videos even in the low-light situations.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” pic.twitter.com/VaqEnzdo7R— Matthew Down Under (@panzer) November 9, 2017
"The unprecedented light sensitivity and customizability of QuantumFilm set InVisage's image sensor apart from traditional CMOS image sensors. Conventional sensors rely on a photosensitive layer made of silicon that also incorporates the circuitry necessary to read the electric output from the detected photons, as well as barriers isolating each pixel in order to prevent crosstalk. This means both less room for light sensing and less room for electric storage. InVisage has designed an innovative image sensor architecture with a dedicated QuantumFilm layer in order to maximize light sensing capability." this is how Invisage described its QuantumFilm.
The startup had raised $98 million from the big investors including Intel Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, and GGV Capital. InVisage currently has the strength of 53 employees that powering up the startup with their innovative mind. Right now, Apple relies on Samsung and some other companies for its back-illuminated camera sensors in the iPhone. Undoubtedly the movie shows Apple’s intention to build the camera sensor’s by itself with the help of the setup.
However, there is no official news from Apple for building its own camera sensors, Apple doesn't even share its plans with the companies it acquires.