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Conflicting reports on Apple's alleged Kinect firm buyout

Alleged insider brands story of $280 million acquisition as bogus

Speculation that Apple is preparing a $280 million acquisition of PrimeSense, the Israeli firm that provided the tech behind the original Kinect, has been branded as bogus.

On Tuesday, a report emerged suggesting that the iPhone maker had already tabled a bid for the 3D sensing specialist. This was apparently due to Apple's interest in embedding motion control and gesture technology in future products.

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Now an alleged anonymous source at the company has branded the report as "bullshit".

According to a discussion published on TechCrunch, the story is a "journalist delusion based on unverified and twisted hints".

Neither company has commented publicly on the matter in an official capacity.

In March 2006, PrimeSense filed a patent for its 3D camera gesture technology. Four years later, Microsoft revealed it had acquired a lifetime licence to use the technology.

In April, Apple posted its first quarterly profit drop in ten years.

The company made a net profit of $9.5 billion (£6bn) for its fiscal 2013 second quarter, down from $11.6 billion (£7.6b) a year earlier, while generating record March quarter revenue of $43.6 billion (£28.6b) following jumps in iPhone and iPad sales.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the time: "Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline."

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