Everyone in the smartphone industry knows that Apple keeps a close eye on its suppliers and many more technical specifications of its products, so Tim Cook’s visit to Sony’s CMOS sensor facility is kind of a big deal.
Analysts and fans have suspected this for a while, and Tim Cook finally admitted that Apple has been working with Sony for over a decade. Apple’s CEO posted a photo of Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida showing him a Sony facility.
The Cupertino-based company is also not very vocal about its suppliers of batteries, chips and displays, but supply chain analysts have revealed that Corning makes Apple’s front and rear windows, while Samsung and LG supply most of the OLED panels. Chips, of course, come from TSMC’s factories.
However, the Sony-Apple camera hardware deal was still largely unconfirmed and it looks like it won’t end anytime soon. According to some reports, Sony is working on a new sensor that uses semiconductor technologies, allowing more light to enter and reducing the chance of under or overexposure. That sensor will of course end up in future generation iPhones.