Apple has obtained the one-man business behind the SnappyCam iPhone cam application. The application had the ability to fire 20 8MP photos in a second, which is 4 times faster compared to other applications including Apple’s very own Video camera application.
The news of the acquisition comes through TechCrunch:
Apple has gotten the one-man image innovation startup SnappyLabs, producer of SnappyCam, sources tell me.
I initially observed something was up when we acquired suggestioned off that SnappyCam had vanished from the App Establishment and all of SnappyLabs’ web sites went empty. Sources have given that affirmed that the company was obtained by Apple, and that there was additionally acquisition interest “from most of the usual players”, implying various other tech giants. I don’t have specifics on the regards to the offer, and I’m waiting for a feedback from Apple, which has not verified the purchase.
The application could possibly fire 20 8MP pictures each 2nd thanks to an optimised procedure to compress pictures into the JPEG layout. The developer of the app, a power engineering PhD, composed hundreds of lines of assembly and low-level C code to make this squeezing as quick as possible. He specifics the process in an article, now removed (archive.org web link):
JPEG compression comprises 2 parts: the DCT [Discrete Cosine Transform], and a lossless Huffman squeezingphase that forms a compact JPEG data. Having established a scorching fast DCT execution, Huffman after that became an obstruction. We innovated on that part with tight hand-tuned assembly code that leverages special features of the ARM processor direction established to make it as fast as feasible.
It’s not challenging to suspect where Apple could utilize the strategies established by SnappyLabs. It lately added a burst method and a slow-motion method to the iPhone camera, both of which depend on recording as lots of images as possible per second.