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Apple Daily: WWDC 2015 Dates; Apple Acquires Mobile Camera Tech Company

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple announces the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. In addition, Apple just acquired a company that could revolutionize mobile photography as we know it (provided the company’s tech lives up to its claims).

Apple Announces Dates for WWDC 2015

When will we see the next big announcements from Apple? According to an official announcement from Apple that went out this morning, Apple’s next Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 8 through 12 at Moscone West in San Francisco. The event is said to introduce “incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X,” and Apple added that it “can’t wait” to see the new generation of apps the developers in attendance create with those technologies.

If you’re a developer and you’d like to attend, keep in mind that WWDC invitations are only available via a lottery system that’s allowing submissions now through April 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Tickets for WWDC 2015 cost ,599, and to qualify for the lottery, you must have registered for the iOS Developer Program, the iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or the Mac Developer Program before today’s announcement. The lucky winners will learn if they made the cut on April 20 at 5:00 p.m. PST. On the bright side, Apple will be livestreaming many of the panels and sessions for developers who aren’t able to attend.

The rumor mill’s been relatively quiet as regards what we’ll see this year at Apple’s biggest event, but so far reasonable candidates are iOS 9 and the public release of Apple’s long-rumored rebranding of Beats Music under (most likely) the iTunes banner.

Just make sure not to bring your selfie sticks, if you’re so inclined. For this year’s press release, Apple called out the growing fad specifically by stating that “you may not use selfie sticks or similar monopods within Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens.”

 

Apple’s Latest Acquisition Could Drastically Change the iPhone’s Camera

If you’ve been waiting for a giant leap forward for iPhone camera technology, you might not have to wait that long. Dow Jones reported this morning that Apple had bought the Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging for around million, which means Apple now owns its multi-aperture technology that reportedly allows mobile cameras to attain the quality you’d normally find with a larger SLR camera.

Apple later confirmed the acquisition to The Wall Street Journal through its boilerplate message it uses for almost all such acquisitions once they’re discovered: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Perhaps, but the Cupertino company almost certainly acquired LinX for its image sensor innovations. Rather than using just one sensor to capture an image, LinX’s technology uses multiple ones — the screenshot above, for example, shows devices with two, four, and three sensors respectively. This allows for much greater sensitivity to light, which should mean the end of hideously murky night shots. In addition, a press release from last year claims LinX’s sensors produce better color and largely get rid of motion blur.

They’re also small, as together they take up around half the hardware real estate required by one of Apple’s current sensors.

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