Apple confirms it uses Sony camera sensors for its iPhones
Everyone in the smartphone industry knows that Apple closely monitors its suppliers and the technical specifications of its products. Tim Cook’s visit to Sony’s CMOS sensor facility is therefore a big deal.
Analysts and fans have suspected this for a while now and Tim Cook has finally admitted that Apple has been working with Sony for over a decade. Apple CEO posted a photo of Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida showing him a Sony installation.
The Cupertino-based company isn’t too forthcoming about its battery, chip and display suppliers either, but supply chain analysts have revealed that Corning manufactures Apple’s front and back glass sheets. while Samsung and LG supply the majority of OLED panels. The chips, of course, are from TSMC’s fabs.
However, the Sony-Apple deal for the camera hardware was yet to be confirmed and, on the face of it, it won’t be ending anytime soon. According to some reports, Sony is working on a new sensor using solid-state technologies, letting in more light and reducing the chances of underexposure or overexposure. Of course, this sensor will find its way into next-generation iPhones.