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Apple reportedly is keen on improving its mapping technology with PrimeSense, rather than going after motion technology.
The company behind the Kinect motion sensor now belongs to Apple in a deal reportedly valued in the vicinity of $345 million.
The Israel-based 3D-sensing company provides the technology that powers Microsoft's Kinect sensor.
Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company responsible for the technology in Microsoft's Kinect camera, although its purpose for the purchase isn't yet clear.
The iPhone maker has reportedly offered $280 million to acquire Israel-based 3D-sensor company Primesense.
PrimeSense — the company that built the Kinect's 3D sensor — has unveiled its latest sensor, which is nearly as small as a stick of chewing gum.
At CES 2013, PrimeSense showed off its tiny 3D sensor, Capri, which should soon come embedded in mobile devices.
Apple has bought the company behind Kinect, the sensor technology in the motion-detecting add-on for the Microsoft Xbox.
Apple is set to drop £185m on Kinect-style technology by buying the company behind Microsoft's arm-waving gaming.
Apple may be looking to acquire a unit of Renesas Electronics that makes LCD chips for mobile devices, according to a Nikkei report. The deal could be worth close to half a billion dollars.