Apple acquires company behind original Xbox Kinect

Apple has confirmed it has acquired PrimeSense, the company behind the original Xbox Kinect. The confirmation comes after months of rumours, now backed with Apple's usual comment when it buys companies on a Sunday. 

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," Apple told Pocket-lint in a statement; the same statement that in the past has been given jointly with the companies Apple acquires. 

The acquisition of PrimeSense, an Israeli company, is an interesting one given the rumours surrounding Apple's foray into the television industry. Until Microsoft chose to develop the Xbox Kinect in-house with the Xbox One, the motion sensing technology Microsoft used was courtesy of PrimeSense.

Yes, you're not the only one who wants to draw a parallel between a motion sensing camera and an iTV from Apple. 

The deal between Apple and PrimeSense is valued at $360 million, according to AllThingsD. This isn't the first time Apple has purchased an Israeli company, as in early 2012 it purchased Anobit, a maker of flash memory technology.