Apple is reportedly changing the way it produces camera modules iPhonenow chooses to produce each of the camera lenses separately, rather than procuring them together and having them pre-assembled according to a report from Elec.
The report notes that up until last year, Apple’s iPhone camera lenses were produced by its suppliers LG InnoTek, Sharp and O’Film. The lenses were “pre-assembled”. Now Apple is consolidating the production of its camera modules to its largest supplier, Foxconn, to save costs.
Up until last year, Apple has acquired dual and triple camera modules from its pre-assembled LG InnoTek, Sharp and O’Film suppliers.
But it now procures these camera modules individually and gave the task of assembling to Foxconn. The measure is taken to save costs.
In preparation for its new camera mount responsibility, Foxconn has received new inspection equipment from the South Korean company Hyvision System. The new system will check whether the wide, Ultra Wide and telephoto camera lenses, including their optical axis and image sensors, are properly aligned on higher-end iPhone models. An incorrect adjustment can result in drastically reduced image quality.
The new changes are made to “save costs”, but it is still unclear whether these savings will be presented to customers. It is also unclear whether the new production method and Foxconn’s role in camera editing will be in practice in the coming iPhone 13. Given that the new iPhones are already in production, this is unlikely to be the case.
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