Apple Acquisitions

Apple has confirmed the acquisition of Swell

On Monday, unconfirmed reports that Apple had acquired Swell, a popular radio and podcast compiler app available for both iPhone and iPad, began circulating from various sources. At the time, Re/Code had noted the deal was worth around $30M and while the financial details surrounding the acquisition remain a mystery, Apple has now confirmed the deal to The Wall Street Journal.

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Spotsetter, a location-based social search engine, reportedly acquired by Apple

Apple has reportedly snatched up Spotsetter, an app and service that provided personalized recommendations for places to go. Spotsetter was co-founded in 2012 by Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee. Apple apparently has no plans for the app and service itself, but instead wanted to acquire the technology at Spotsetter and the two co-founders.

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Apple reportedly acquires SnappyCam developer SnappyLabs (update: confirmed)

Apple has acquired SnappyLabs, the one-man app developer behind SnappyCam, a high-speed continuous shooting photography app for iOS. Apple hasn't confirmed the deal yet, according to TechCrunch.

Source: TechCrunch

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Apple reportedly acquired location data company BroadMap, smart note-taking app Catch

Among Apple's many acquisitions in 2013, two might have previously gone unreported - location data company BroadMap, and smart note-taking app, Catch. Mark Gurman has done some solid reporting here, combining sources with LinkedIn listings, and discovered that many former employees of both companies now call Apple home. From 9to5Mac:

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Apple's PrimeSense acquisition deal reportedly completed

Just a few days ago we heard Apple was in the final stages of buying out PrimeSense, the company that developed the technology behind the first Xbox Kinect, and now that deal has reportedly been completed.

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Apple reportedly buying PrimeSense, makers of original Xbox Kinect sensor tech

Apple is reportedly in the final stages of acquiring PrimeSense - the Israeli company whose sensor technology was used by Microsoft to create the original Kinect for Xbox 360 - for roughly $280 million. According to Calcalist (via Google Translate):

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Apple acquires mobile media and data compression firm AlgoTrim

Apple has acquired AlgoTrim, a developer of data compression technology based in Malmö, Sweden, according to a new report by Swedish industry news service Rapidus. The report says that AlogTrim's CEO and head of development Anders Holtsberg has moved to Silicon Valley and is now available through Apple's switchboard, according to TechCrunch.

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Apple acquires Embark, the push for transit in Maps continues

Continuing the recent shopping spree, Apple is now reported to have acquired another transit focused app, Embark. While the usual public statements apply, the transaction has reportedly been confirmed to former Wall Street Journal writer, Jessica Lessin:

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Apple acquires Passif, low-energy wireless chipset developer

Apple has reportedly purchased a low-energy wireless chipset developer named Passif, a company whose technology seems a good fit for the future of mobile. Jessica Lessin reports:

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Apple acquires transit-navigation company, HopStop

Apple has reportedly bought HopStop, a New York based location company that provides real-time social transit navigation in 7 countries, for 700 transit agencies, on 20,000 lines, and 750,000 stops. According to Peter Borrows and Sarah Frier for Bloomberg:

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