Iphone uses Sony’s Camera Sensor

Apple’s CEO has publicly stated that they have been using Sony’s image sensors in their iPhones. This was announced by Tim Cook through his Twitter account, as part of a supplier tour in Japan.

They claim to have partnered with Sony for over a decade to create the world’s leading camera sensor for the iPhone. They also thanked the CEO of Sony, Kenichiro Yoshida, for showing him around the facilities in Kumamoto.

Apple doesn’t reveal much about the specifications of their hardware components in each iPhone. Cook has confirmed Sony’s camera sensors have been in use for more than a decade.

Apple’s site also tends to only list iPhone camera specifications such as resolution, aperture, and field of view, rather than the specific components used.

Over the years, reports and rumors abounded about Apple’s use of Sony’s hardware. A 2015 Wall Street Journal report said Apple used two Sony sensors in the iPhone 6.

Sony is also considered to be the leader in the image sensor market, with 44 percent market share for CMOS image sensors last year, according to the Nikkei Asia report.

Tim Cook’s visit to Sony also hinted that the partnership between the two companies would not end any time soon. Nikkei Asia reports, there are some hints the company is working on the upcoming iPhone.

Sony is developing a new image sensor that uses new semiconductor architecture, to capture more light and reduce overexposure and underexposure.

This new sensor is expected to be present in the next generation of Apple phones, as well as several other Smartphone manufacturers.

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