Apple just hired the man behind the best camera phone in the world

 

Brad Feed:

The absolute best thing about Nokia’s high-end smartphones in recent years has been their cameras. Not only are they head-and-shoulders above the competition in terms of megapixel count but also when it comes to camera software features that let you take clear, vibrant pictures in just about any setting. Now, however, it seems that the iPhone may be poised to steal some of the Lumia’s camera thunder.

Engadget reports that Apple has just hired former senior Nokia Lumia engineer Ari Partinen, whom Nokia has in the past described as its “own camera expert.”

One of Partinen’s biggest achievements during his time at Nokia was working on the PureView technology that the company debuted in 2012 and that has helped Nokia smartphone cameras deliver best-in-the-industry low-light photography, so it seems that future iPhone cameras stand to get a big boost when it comes to snapping pictures in the dark.

iPhone takes arguably the best daylight photographs of any smartphone. The Nokia Lumia (no argument) takes the best low-light photographs. We can all look forward to the iPhone having potentially the best camera in any smartphone, for day and night photographs in future models soon.

End of an era: Microsoft buys Nokia’s devices and services business

 

Zach Epstein:

Nokia’s devices and services business moved over to Microsoft on Friday morning as part of a deal worth more than $7 billion. The deal values Nokia’s handsets division at around $5 billion, which is obviously a painfully small fraction of what it was once worth.

The cell phone maker’s failure to react when Apple first launched the iPhone back in 2007 led directly to the company’s collapse. I remember it like it was yesterday — especially when one Nokia executive told me in 2008 that “Apple is like the annoying fly buzzing around the fisherman’s head. Nokia is still the fisherman and we’ll still catch all the fish.”

Nokia still knows how to make great handsets though especially the Windows Phone Lumia’s.