There is a rumor floating around that Sony could be producing more than just the back camera on the next iteration of the iPhone, instead producing both the front and rear cameras. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Sony is looking to double the amount of CMOS sensors it supplies to Apple, which of course would lead you to believe that it won’t only be producing the back facing camera like it has been for a while now. This aligns, as 9to5Mac points out, with an earlier rumor of Sony increasing production:
A request from Apple was the reason for its January decision to purchase a plant from Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics, according to a source involved in the negotiations. Sony plans to invest 35 billion yen in the facility to boost its monthly production capacity by 25%.
Sony currently provides most of the 8MP sensors that are found in the back of the current generation iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. If Sony were to begin making cameras for the front of the device then there might be something FaceTime related that Apple is planning to improve with the next iterations of iOS and the iPhone.
Also found in the Nikkei Asian Review report is a tidbit that discusses Sony’s supplying iPad Air batteries, showing that Sony continues to become a major hardware supplier for the Cupertino company.
It will be interesting see who produces what in the next versions of the iPhone to come seeing as the relationship between Apple and Samsung continues to go nowhere positive. Apple has been rumored to be looking to other suppliers in order to slowly wane off of Samsung in favor of other companies. With Sony stepping in to make some components, Apple is slowly but surely moving along with this process.
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