Application Developer SnappyLabs Acquired by Apple
John Papandriopoulos, the sole developer behind popular iPhone software SnappyCam, has been brought into Apple to aid in camera development for the California-based technology giant. The news comes after early reports indicated that SnappyLabs was acquired by Apple. SnappyLabs was known for its SnappyCam application, an iPhone application that allowed for full-resolution photos to be taken up to 30 frames per second. Papandriopoulos announced in June of last year that he was able to optimize the JPEG image format to work more efficiently with ARM processors. Although Apple makes use of its own processors within the iPhone, they are based on ARM chipsets. This efficiency breakthrough is what allowed SnappyCam to be able to shoot so many photos at a time, much like how a DSLR camera is able to.
While the application sold for only $1 within the Apple App Store, SnappyCam quickly soared to the top position on the paid application chart in nine countries. The revenue previously allowed Papandriopoulos to operate SnappyLabs without funding from capital firms.