For the past few years Apple has offered one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, with Nokia emerging as one of the few companies able to rival the iPhone with its own PureView technology. It’s unclear whether Nokia will continue to focus on smartphone photography now that it’s under Microsoft’s control, but today the Finnish company’s former Lumia photography lead announced he will be starting a new job at Apple where he’ll presumably work on future iPhone cameras.
Today will be my last day working for the amazing #Lumia family. In June I will start a new chapter in Cupertino, California. Much love!
— Ari Partinen (@Partinen) May 9, 2014
According to his LinkedIn page, Ari Partinen focused on improving image quality and developing smartphone camera modules during his time at Nokia. He also managed module production and quality control, and helped developed Nokia’s 808 PureView and N8 as well as more recent Windows Phone devices. In a 2013 blog post focused on the Lumia 1020, Nokia referred to Partinen as “our own camera expert.”
With Samsung, Sony and other Android phone-makers rapidly upping the megapixel count on each successive smartphone Apple may need to make some major improvements to the iPhone cameras to stay ahead of the competition. Recent reports suggest the company could finally include Optical Image Stabilization or a similar software-based solution. With Partinen onboard the company could potentially make hardware changes to the iPhone’s camera, though it’s unlikely we’ll see them implemented in time for the iPhone 6 release later this year.