Apple hires Nokia’s senior Lumia camera developer, Ari Partinen

9 May 2014

Ari Partinen

Not willing to move in with Nokia’s new parent company Microsoft, the Finnish mobile company’s lead Lumia camera developer Ari Partinen has confirmed that he is to join Apple to develop its camera technology.

Partinen announced the news via his own Twitter feed after he confirmed that he was looking to move on from the company as of June: “Today will be my last day working for amazing #Lumia family. In June I will start a new chapter in Cupertino, California. Much love!”

He later went on to confirm that the tweet was referring to an, as yet, non-defined role within Apple, but it would be universally expected that he is to become a major part of the iPhone’s camera development team.

In Microsoft, Partinen’s role was defined as: “Working in the fields of mobile photography, image quality verification, verification up-streaming, third party management and collaboration, supplier collaboration and technical marketing in various multimedia segments.”

Prior to Nokia’s official takeover by Microsoft, Nokia’s Lumia range of phones were widely considered to feature some of the best cameras in smartphones, including the Nokia 1020 which went above and beyond many of its competitors with a 41MP camera that featured a host of different editing features.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic