After being relatively tight-lipped regarding what kind of camera Apple uses for their iPhones, Tim Cook finally admits that the company has been partnering with Sony for their camera sensors. His statement came with a series of tweets he made as part of a supplier tour of Japan.
“We’ve been partnering with Sony for over a decade to create the world’s leading camera sensors for iPhone. Thanks to Ken and everyone on the team for showing me around the cutting-edge facility in Kumamoto today,” tweeted Cook.
Apple’s CEO confirming that the company uses Sony camera sensors for their iPhones for more than ten years is a pretty big deal. Apple usually just lists the specifications of each iPhone’s camera—which includes resolution, aperture, and field of view. It doesn’t state the specific components used.
There have previously been several reports that state Apple has been working with Sony. A Wall Street Journal report said that Apple was using two Sony sensors in the iPhone 6, and past teardowns have referenced specific Sony model numbers.
It also doesn’t seem like the partnership will end anytime soon. A recent report stated that Sony would be supplying Apple with an “advanced image sensor for next iPhone”. The new image sensor would be using a new semiconductor architecture to capture more light and reduce both over and under exposure.
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