It’s not clear how Apple will apply this technology, but as TechCrunch reports:
Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera tech company whose most recent offerings include multi-aperture camera models which can enable effects like background focus blur, parallax images and 3D picture capture. […]
The Israeli startup’s hardware was targeted at tablets and smartphones specifically, and could not only offer the kinds of background defocus that’s popular on low aperture lenses paired with DSLRs, but could also help achieve better low-light performance, ideal for taking pictures indoors or at night without using flash.
Today, the iPhone’s camera is by far one its biggest advantages, relative to nearly all other smartphones except, perhaps, the Galaxy S. Having worked in the industry (Motorola), I’ve grown tired of comparisons to DSLRs, since no smartphone camera has delivered performance anywhere near that level. But that’s also what makes this exciting: the wide margin left for improvement, and the fact that Apple is one of the companies that can engineer such an advance (with help, in this case).