Reports are saying Apple may acquire Beats Electronics, but in the meantime the Cupertino, Calif., giant has for sure landed another figure in tech: Nokia's former camera expert.
Apple has hired Ari Partinen, who previously was senior engineer on Nokia's Lumia team. Partinen announced move via Twitter.
Partinen appears to have played a key role in the development of Nokia's PureView smartphone camera technology.
Nokia, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, has struggled to get a foothold in the smartphone market, but in recent years the company has always rolled out devices with impressive cameras. Most notably, last year Nokia released the Lumia 1020, a smartphone that features a 41-megapixel camera capable of capturing ultra-high-resolution pictures.
Apple has not commented on Partinen's hiring, so it is unclear what role he will play. But in all likelihood, Partinen will work on the iPhone and iPad's cameras, which should mean improved photography for Apple users.
However, customers should not expect Partinen's influence to show up on the next iPhone. The iPhone 6, as it is commonly referred to, is expected to be released this fall, and Apple is reportedly to begin production of the device this month.
But Apple is actively trying to improve the cameras on its devices. This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application that says Apple is developing a "system and method for creating a super-resolution image using an image capturing device."