Sony could supply front-facing camera modules for Apple's next-gen iPhones

Sony could supply front-facing camera modules for Apple's next-gen iPhones
According to Asia-focused website Nikkei, Japan’s Sony is now in talks with Apple to supply camera components for a new iPhone that might be introduced “as early as next year (2015).”

Sony, which competes with Apple in the smartphone and tablet markets, is already supplying camera components for some iPhone models, including the current 5S flagship - which uses a Sony-made CMOS sensor for its rear camera. Nikkei notes that Apple likely receives more than 100 million CMOS sensors from Sony in a single year. If sales of upcoming iPhones go well, the number might grow to 200 million a year, the publication adds.

Nikkei mentions that Apple is “also likely” to choose Sony as supplier of front-facing camera components for upcoming devices. Both the iPhone 5S and 5C feature 1.2MP front-facing sensors, so Apple might want to significantly improve its FaceTime camera offering with the next-gen smartphone models.

Of course, before we see what Apple has for us in 2015, the Cupertino company should introduce two new iPhones in the second half of this year. It's said that both new handsets would sport large displays, of at least 4.5 inches and 5 inches, respectively. They could be released under the iPhone 6 moniker - unless Apple decides to take a new approach on naming its phones (but we doubt this will happen).

source: Nikkei

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26 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What about main camera.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sony has been making the main camera for Apple (and Samsung and LG) for the past few year, wouldn't be surprised if the next iPhone also had a Sony made camera.

23. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Wish they would put their best cameras on their own phones intead of others.. since z1 had a pretty bad camera.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Actually 1/2.3" sensor in the Z1 is vastly superior compared to the 1/3.2" sensor they provide for the 5S, G2 and Note 3. However it's not just that is not all about the camera sensor. There also other very important factors, such as it's lens and software. The Z1's lens is also very good, its F2.0, most other lens are F2.2 or F2.4 (generally lower aperture is better) From what I've seen the Z1 is basically as good as the 5s and G2 (not quite as good the 1020). But it should be better. I think its their software which is letting down the camera.

25. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Vince, i said camera so it's all around. that includes the sh*ttiest 2.0 mpx front i've ever used and the Okay back camera that is 20.7 mpx. but as you said it needs some care on the software side since it tends to "beautify" every pic even if that feature is off.. and its annoying as f*ck.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea I've heard a lot of reviewers saying Sony "over-processes" their photos. Also good point about the front camera, they're quite. I think they'll improve a lot soon, because of how popular selfies have become haha

20. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Sony also supply main lens for current model so i think this one also same. Actually majority high end phone use Sony lens.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

the ifan will be like apple made it ajahajaja

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol then that talk trash about the sony camera but don't realize their iPhones are using one

12. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

The hardware is only one part of the formula. Without the right software you end up with an S4.

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

true that but crappy hardware and good software isn't much better, good job on the hardware front by sony and kudos to apple for the great camera software

17. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

All apple fans need : A bigger screen Widgets and themes Better camera

18. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

are u insane ! whats wrong with u. The Galaxy S4 has he Best 13 megapixel camera on a smartphone. Its the software optimaztion of samsung which made it better than the LG G2 and Xperia Z and on par with the Z1.

21. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

PA blind test shows your S4 is inferior to that of Z1 and iphone

9. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

That was beyond corny while simultaneously beyond stupid. Also lame, corny, and old. Congrats. Your fathers shame is now understood.

11. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

wow, you know how to use big kid words, how long did it take you to learn how to spell simultaneously?

14. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Not nearly as long as it's gonna take you to stop that corny crap from spilling out if your mouth apparently.

15. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

hmm, i don't know where your from, but in my country crap dosent spill from peoples mouthes, unless mine and your definition of "mouth" is different but you know

4. GeekMovement unregistered

Sony's pretty awesome.

16. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

sure is +1

5. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I have the iPhone 5S and this is lame. No offense but talking about 2015 this early is idiotic.

6. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Buying flexible displays from LG and now possibly getting front facing cameras from Sony? Apple step up your game.

8. banglazbless

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Can apple build anything? Every part of the iPhone came from someone else and the iphonies thinks their phone is superior to the rest.

10. jraympres2

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

iPhone made by Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Skyworks, Broadcomm, Elpida, Hynix, Foxconn etc... TRUE INNOVATION Design by Apple

19. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Toshiba, ARM, Sharp, JDI, Murata, Infinion, Micron and Sony also provide battery

22. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Ever heard about outsourcing?

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