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3D Gaming to Come to iOS? Apple Looks to Buy Israeli Manufacturer Responsible for Microsoft’s Kinect

Jul 17 2013, 4:37pm CDT | by

Apple to Buy 3D Sensor Producer Primesense for $280 million

  Apple is on the prowl again, hunting for whatever company it can buy. It’s no secret that the company is always looking to add to its resource base. This time, our favorite fruit company has its...

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3D Gaming to Come to iOS? Apple Looks to Buy Israeli Manufacturer Responsible for Microsoft’s Kinect

Jul 17 2013, 4:37pm CDT | by

Apple to Buy 3D Sensor Producer Primesense for $280 million

 

Apple is on the prowl again, hunting for whatever company it can buy. It’s no secret that the company is always looking to add to its resource base. This time, our favorite fruit company has its sights set on purchasing the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect

 

This is the Kinect accessory (although Kinect 1.0, not 2.0) that has been a thorn in the side of Microsoft Xbox customers, thanks to the additional $100 charge that bills $499 for the Xbox One versus the Sony PlayStation 4 that only costs $399. The Kinect accessory, however, has done less damage to the Microsoft customer than the log-in requirement Microsoft tossed into earlier versions of the Xbox One. 

 

The log-in requirement forced users to log in once every 24 hours in order to access their own purchased games. In situations where there was no Internet access, users would not be able to play their games. After consumers took to Twitter and other social media networks to express their disapproval, Microsoft dropped the always-on Internet requirement. 

 

The company that provides the 3D gaming experience many have enjoyed in Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (and now its Xbox One) is called Primesense, an Israeli company known for producing 3D sensors that are used in everything from gaming to even PCs. While Apple has offered $280-$300 million to buy out the company, Primesense has yet to make a decision. According to Primesense CEO Inon Beracha, “We can’t comment on what any of our partners, customers, or potential customers are doing and we’re not commenting on rumors.”

 

At this point, Beracha, nor Primesense, is providing any statements to the press. However, the rumor was tipped by way of an Israeli newspaper known as Calcalist, a newspaper that was right on the money about two recent acquisitions, Google’s purchase of Maps producer Waze and Samsung’s purchase of set-top box startup company Boxee. 

 

There is a possibility that Apple may use Primesense’s 3D sensor technology to improve the iMac experience, but the gaming experience is likely to be the biggest explanation behind this acquisition. After all, the Apple TV rumors point to a new Apple TV release at some time in the future, and what better way to enhance Apple’s new gaming efforts (I’m thinking of the MiFi Made for iPhone gaming controllers here) than the addition of 3D sensors to those same controllers and the new Apple TV? Could Apple have its sights set on contending with Microsoft’s Xbox One? It’s possible. 

 

If Apple acquires 3D company Primesense, it will have acquired some 10 companies within the last year, a change from its acquisition of 6 companies the year before. We’ll keep you updated regarding this possible acquisition. 

 

 
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1 week ago

Apple invents a 3D feature for future iPhone camera

Aug 21 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-9654279268749293"; /* Article Body, 336x280, Above the fold */ google_ad_slot = "0670981169"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; //--> “In 2012 we posted a patent report titled ‘Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices'” which was way ahead of Google’s Project Tango,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Interesting ...
Source: Mac Daily News   Full article at: Mac Daily News
 

 
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1 week ago

Apple invents a 3D Feature for Future iPhone Camera

Aug 21 2014 5:08am CDT | Source: Patently Apple

In 2012 we posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices" which was way ahead of Google's Project Tango. Interestingly Project Tango is shone to be using Apple's new technology acquired from PrimeSense. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for manipulating mobile device ima ...
Source: Patently Apple   Full article at: Patently Apple
 

 
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5 weeks ago

Apple bought 29 companies since start of fiscal 2014, not counting Beats acquisition

Jul 22 2014 11:16pm CDT | Source: App Advice

Apple acquired a total of 29 companies in the last nine months, i.e., since the beginning of fiscal 2014. This was revealed by Apple CEO Tim Cook during the tech titan’s earnings call today for the fiscal third quarter of 2014.According to Cook, five of the 29 companies were purchased by Apple after the end of the previous fiscal quarter in March.Given Apple’s penchant for secrecy, most of the acquired companies are undisclosed. Of the five recently acquired ones, only two have been brought t ...
Source: App Advice  Full article at: App Advice
 

 

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Deidre Richardson is a long-time Apple fan and reports passionate about the latest Apple news and rumors.

 

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