Apple’s newest hire could mean a serious photographic speed boost in future iPhones. The company has recently acquired SnappyLabs, the company behind SnappyCam, a now removed app capable of taking up to 20fps bursts at full size on the iPhone (and up to 60fps if smaller). With the hire of developer John Papandriopoulos, Apple could seem some dramatic improvements in how the iPhone takes photos on the quick.
The app has been pulled off the app store, and the SnappyLabs website been scrubbed clean. But it seems this incredible speed was achieved by Papandriopoulos massively overhauling JPEG compression techniques in order to make them work specifically with the architecture and hardware of the iPhone. As he explained in a now removed blogpost:
Unfortunately, this now means that SnappyCam has been removed from sale, so if you’re hearing about it, it’s a bit too late to jump on board with the app. But hopefully it means that Apple will be able to natively add those same features to the iPhone, maybe even to existing models, rather than just new ones. After all, Apple made a pretty big deal of the 10fps burst mode, and 120fps video on the iPhone 5s. Doubling the camera’s speed would be no small feat.