Apple has acquired SnappyLabs and their iOS app SnappyCam, a photo app whose key feature was the ability to shoot 20 fps at 8mp on the iPhone 5:
John Papandriopoulos has a PhD in electrical engineering and has been building SnappyCam for two years. He calls it the fastest smartphone camera app on Earth. He essentially reinvented the JPG image standard in order to learn how he could speed up the process of capturing, buffering, processing and compressing photos on the iPhone. His goal? To put the continuous shooting power of a big, professional Digital SLR camera in your pocket. techcrunch
Apparently Papandriopoulos was the man behind SnappyLabs the startup responsible for SnappyCam and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to assume that Apple will be quickly putting Papandriopoulos to work boosting the frame rate of current and future iOS devices. Congrats to Papandriopoulos, and yes 20fps and beyond is swell, but I for one am already overwhelmed by the enormous amount of burst sets on my new iPhone 5s which has left me perpetually picking out “favorites” and constantly haunted by “your cloud storage is full” messages.
The app has been pulled. ↩