“Apple has acquired the one-man photo technology startup SnappyLabs, maker of SnappyCam,” Josh Constine reports for TechCrunch. “Update 1/5/2014 9:15am PST: Apple has confirmed my report that it’s acquired SnappyLabs. In a statement to Re/code, Apple said ‘Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.'”

“The startup was founded and run solely by John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineering PhD from the University Of Melbourne who invented a way to make the iPhone’s camera take full-resolution photos at 20 to 30 frames per second — significantly faster than Apple’s native iPhone camera,” Constine reports. “Based on Papandriopoulos’ scientific breakthroughs in photography technology, it’s not hard to see why Apple would want to bring him in to help improve their cameras.”

“Papandriopoulos built his burst-mode photo technology into SnappyCam, which he sold in the Apple App Store for $1,” Constine reports. “Back in July, Papandriopoulos told me he had a eureka moment in ‘discrete cosine transform JPG science’ and had essentially reinvented the JPG image format.”

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