Tim Cook today publicly paid tribute to Sony’s long-term partnership with Apple in creating cutting-edge camera sensors for successive iPhone models for over a decade.
In a: tweet: posted during his visit to Sony’s camera development facility in Kumamoto, Japan, Cook acknowledged the company’s successful partnership with Apple to create “the world’s leading camera sensors for iPhone,” and thanked the team at the facility for showing him around.
Apple doesn’t usually reveal the specific makers of the hardware components that it uses in iPhones, but its use of Sony camera hardware has long been known by close followers of the company’s supply chain.
Apple reportedly used Sony’s camera sensor for the iPhone 6, and subsequent hardware teardowns by the likes of iFixit have identified Sony-made components in successive iPhone models.
Cook’s tweet suggests Apple’s partnership with Sony remains strong, and rumors to that effect already signal the Japanese company’s contributions to future Apple products. For example, according to a November report from: Nikkei:next year’s iPhone 15 models will be equipped with Sony’s newest “state of the art” image sensors.
Compared to standard sensors, Sony’s image sensor doubles the saturation signal in each pixel, allowing it to capture more light to cut down on underexposure and overexposure. Nikkei: said that it is able to better photograph a person’s face even with strong backlighting.
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. pic.twitter.com/462SEkUbhi
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2022
Apple is working on a periscope telephoto lens that will improve the iPhone 15 Pro’s optical zoom capabilities, allowing for up to 10x optical zoom to match some Android smartphones that are on the market. The Sony image sensor technology would likely be used for the Wide camera that Apple considers the iPhone’s “main” camera as Apple typically uses different technology for each lens.
Also for next year, Sony is expected to supply Apple with an OLED on silicon (OLEDoS) – also known as micro-OLED – display for the company’s first-generation mixed-reality headset.
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