What you need to know
- Apple has reportedly ditched iPhone camera supplier O-Film.
- The move comes with the firm accused of using forced labor.
Apple has reportedly ditched iPhone camera supplier O-Film amid accusations that it used forced labor. The company isn't the biggest supplier of cameras to the iPhone maker, but it does account for around 15% of those used.
According to a report by The Elect, Apple's decision means that O-Film will only provide cameras for older iPhones – presumably while a replacement company is lined up. Both LG InnoTek and Sharp already provide cameras for Apple with the former expected to pick up the slack eventually.
This all comes after accusations of forced labor that Apple says it investigated back in July. It isn't clear what has changed in the last few months, but it was clearly enough for Apple to decide it was time to pull the plug on O-Film.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.