Apple confirms its bought German firm

Apple blossom, Mike MageeAn Apple representative has confirmed that it has snapped up a German augmented reality company as part of its acquisition strategy.

Metaio’s speciality is technology that lets people wearing special glasses transform what they see into a kind of touch screen.

Its technology has both business and consumer applications.

A notice on its website – metaio.com – said its products and subscriptions aren’t available to buy any more, but it will continue its support until June 30th and will honour downloads of previous buys until December 15th this year.

The company offered a number of products and subscriptions including a software developer kit, an “authoring” tool, and a cloud environment.

Apple reputedly wants to use Metaio tech in its own devices. No financial details of the transaction are available.