Sony are the current suppliers of the CMOS sensor on the rear camera on the iPhone 5s and a new report suggests that they may soon be supplying the parts for the front camera as well. The report comes from the Nikkei Asian Review and it says that Sony looks set to send out double the amount of camera components to Apple in 2015.
Image : iPhone 6 Camera Lens
Apparently, negotiations between the two companies have already started and they concern the required components for the cameras on a new iPhone, which is supposedly due for release early in 2015.
The rear camera sensors are mostly supplied by Sony and it looks like Apple want the FaceTime camera sensors to be supplied by them as well. At the moment the number of sensors that Sony supply is estimated at around 100 million and, if this news is correct, that number could jump to more than 200 million.
Sony has apparently purchased a brand new plant to cope with the increased numbers required. The plant has allegedly cost around $341 billion and may also be to cope with production of the batteries that Sony is now supplying for apple’s iPad Air.
Image : Sony’s Manufacturing Plant
The current flagship iPhone, the iPhone 5S has an 8 megapixels iSight camera with dual LED truetone flash. It can shoot at 120fps and is accompanied by a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera. If rumors are to be believed, the upcoming iPhone 6 will have a similar camera set up but will have a 3.2 megapixel front camera instead.
It looks as though Sony is pinning everything on mobile technology to keep going – they are selling off the computer side of their business are in the process of spinning of their TV business as well.
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Tell us what your thoughts are. The only part that seems a bit off is the iPhone being released early in 2015 – this goes against everything Apple does now with its release cycle, although there is always the chance that they could change things.