Apple confirmed that it has acquired UK-based 3D animation firm, IKinema.
MacRumors first reported the purchase, later confirmed by Apple to news outlets.
IKinema specializes in motion capture software that allows video footage to be translated into animations. Its technology encompasses games and augmented reality experiences. The startup had 13 employees as of 2018, according to IKinema company filings.
Apple did not disclose the purchase price or the specific reason behind the acquisition. In the past, Apple bought several small companies with similar 3D graphics technologies, including FaceShift, which was integrated into Apple’s Animoji feature that enables users to transform their face into characters like robots or aliens.