In what is being called a very rare decision about iPhone hardware, Apple’s CEO is making a confirmation that many people did not see coming.
Tim Cook took the time to release a tweet that talked about the main iPhone maker using image sensors from Sony in iPhones. This was mentioned as part of a supplier trip to Japan.
Cook said it’s nothing new and Apple has partnered with Sony for more than 10 years to produce the world’s best camera sensors for its iPhones. Likewise, he thanked the brand and its CEO for taking the time to show him around the facility that handles manufacturing.
An image was also released showing his own brand smart device which many found to be a bit funny. This is definitely one unique tweet as Apple prefers to wait on such matters regarding the details of where the iPhone hardware comes from. So to confirm news like this, right off the bat, is certainly an act of piety.
Normally, Apple’s website only details the specifications for the iPhone’s main camera. From aperture to resolution and field of view too- they have made it worse. But over time, he realizes that matters like this don’t matter much when we’re dealing with the day and age of computational imaging.
That being said, there are so many reports from the past detailing the aspects of the industry that made Apple dependent on brands like Sony. In the past, a report from the Wall Street Journal even claimed that Sony’s iPhone 6 smartphone has two sensors. And even before that, others claimed the real details of the model numbers.
In case you didn’t know, Sony is considered the leader in the image sensor market. It commands a 44% market share for image sensors according to statistics from the previous year. On the other hand, the likes of Samsung are the second largest holder for market share in this regard.
But with a visit like this from Apple’s CEO, it’s pretty clear that the partnership between these two companies won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, we feel that such moves cement the bond and hint at more such projects in the near future.
Sony mentioned how it is working on a brand new image sensor that uses semiconductor technology to achieve optimal light and limit overexposure and underexposure.
This is expected to make its way to the next batch of Apple iPhones smartphones so we will have to stay tuned for that. At the same time, the tech giant hopes to reach an agreement with more smartphone manufacturers besides Apple. For that reason, we just have to keep our eyes open and we will definitely be doing it here.
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