Apple doubles up on Sony camera parts; Is a better front facing camera on its way?

Apple doubles up on Sony camera parts; Is a better front facing camera on its way?

It appears that Apple is preparing to double the number of camera components that it orders from Sony. The two companies are said to currently be in talks over the potential order, and Sony recently purchased a factory to boost production. Sony already supplies the sensors for the iPhone's rear-facing camera, while the parts for the front-side FaceTime camera come from multiple sources. Apple may be looking to change that for upcoming devices, however, according to the Nikkei Asian Review:

The Japanese firm already supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors for the current iPhone models' rear-mounted main cameras. Apple is likely looking to switch to Sony sensors for the secondary camera on the screen side, used for taking self-portraits.

Do you think Sony's sensors will be better for the iPhone's FaceTime camera? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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Master Jedi Alejandro says:

Ohh no, know selfies are gonna be even more detailed!

daniebello says:

I hope it's a 2.8MP camera with 1080p video capture at around 30fps

Premium1 says:

About time

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asuperstarr says:

It's should be a great welcome. Improvements are always great and Sony make great products.

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MacAir says:

I find it funny how Sony makes all those components and
, the iPhone camera absolutely smokes it.

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MacAir says:

I forget, it's the software used to process that data from the picture. Japs and software really don't mix.

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Trappiste says:

Since you seem to be the expert, who then mixes with software? Do you have a nationaliy-by-nationality listing that one might perhaps consult?

MacAir says:

Not long ago, when it was all about hardware, Japs were the best (cars, everything Sony, everything related with electronics ). Nowadays they are totally irrelevant. Koreans are dominating on everything related with electronics, Sony is a corpse, Kia is rising, and the Americans dominate in software.

The z1 has bigger sensors than the iPhone camera (that is also a sony) but the fact is that the iPhone takes better pics, the ipod killed the Walkman, Sony can't sell vaios, etc.

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Jonas Slough III says:

Did you really use the word "Japs"? What this 1941?

MacAir says:

Blame SwiftKey.

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nickfire20 says:

If they are in deed doubling the order, i bet it's because there will be two sized iphones, the phablet size and the cell phone size. They will need too make equal parts of both said phones so that makes camera parts double in production

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sladyrko says:

What's wrong with the camera right now? They have the best Front camera... Others can call it 10mpx ot 20mpx, but in fact it looks like 0,3mpx....

Premium1 says:

No the front camera on iPhones is far from the best.. They are talking about the front camera not the rear one...

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