Apple calls on three suppliers for iPhone 12/Pro 5G camera modules
Three suppliers for the iPhone 12 camera
Sources from the handset supply chain in Taiwan (via DigiTimes and MacRumors) claim Apple is planning to share camera module orders for the upcoming iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro between three companies.
LG, a multinational company also known for supplying OLED iPhone panels via subsidiary LG Display, has reportedly secured iPhone camera module orders for another year through subsidiary LG Innotek.
The South Korean manufacturer will be in charge of supplying camera modules for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. These smartphones are expected to offer an updated triple-camera system paired with a new LiDAR Scanner.
Combined camera module shipments for the two devices should reach between 35 million and 40 million units by the end of 2020. That indicates Apple is expecting strong demand for the forthcoming 5G devices.
Apple has reportedly ordered 50 to 55 million units to be shipped by the end of December. Sharp will account for somewhere between 30 and 38.5 million units (60-70%) while O-film Tech will cover the remaining orders.
These smartphones are said to feature upgraded dual-camera systems on the back and no LiDAR Scanner to keep costs down.
A revised TrueDepth camera that enables a smaller notch
Moving away from the rear and over to the front, recent rumors suggest Apple is planning an updated TrueDepth camera system that improves performance and reduces the overall footprint.
Those changes are going to allow the implementation of a much smaller notch. Don't expect anything as compact as recent waterdrop offerings, but a noticeable size difference when compared directly to the existing notch is on the cards.
iPhone 12 & 12 Pro delays are almost set in stone
The sources in question believe production on the new camera modules will commence in July. That falls in line with recent rumors about a delay due to production issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mass production for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is on track to start in September rather than August ahead of an official unveiling in October rather than September. Depending on COVID-19 regulations, this event could follow an online or physical format.
Apple is planning a ‘One More Thing’ announcement in the form of the Apple Glass AR headset too. Unfortunately, it might be delayed until the first quarter of 2021.