Apple acquires image sensor startup InVisage, will it reinvent the camera again?
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Apple's tirades to make the smartphone the most capable camera is neverending. Just last year , the Cupertino giant shook things up by implementing a dual camera setup that is now a common sight in phones across multiple price points. The portrait mode is now a make-or-break deal for consumers and lossless optical zoom has opened new frontiers in photography.

Now that it has revolutionised portrait photography and close-ups, Apple's sights are now trained in making the image sensors take up less space inside the chassis which could open up to more innovation. Variable aperture, perhaps?

The iPhone-maker has reportedly acquired a California-based startup InVisage known for developing a new kind of imaging sensor that takes up less space. The startup, that was founded in 2006 was known for its "QuantumFilm" technology that are tinier and more performant than traditional sensors.


The company's website explains the new technology as — "a photosensitive layer that relies on InVisage's newly invented class of materials to absorb light; specifically, the new material is made up of quantum dots, nanoparticles that can be dispersed to form a grid once they are synthesized."

The company mentions that the QuantumFilm sensor can absorb the same amount of light as the CMOS sensor but uses a layer that is one-tenth the thickness with a better low-light performance.

Neither Apple nor InVisage made a formal announcement of the acquisition, but TechCrunch reported it citing people inside both companies confirming the acquisition. Like most of Apple's acquisition of smaller promising tech startups, there has been no word on the finances involved.

The QuantumFilm technology could mean Apple is going to develop its own image sensors from now which it needs to do in the face of stiff competition from Google and Samsung. Moreover, the new tech can also improve FaceID recognition as well as help slim down the design of the phones by removing the ugly camera bumps from future iPhones.