Tim Cook Reveals That iPhones Use Sony Camera Sensors, Confirms Decade-Long Partnership


Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted in a recent tweet that the Cupertino company has used Sony image sensors in the iPhone for over a decade. This is a rare confirmation from Apple regarding the specific components featured on its devices. Specifications for the company’s iPhone models usually only include the camera resolution, aperture, and other generic information. There have been several rumours over the years suggesting that Sony was providing camera sensors for the iPhone. Even the iPhone 15 is expected to include a state-of-the-art image sensor from Sony.

Cook shared a tweet on Tuesday revealing that Sony has been providing the camera sensors for the iPhone for over a decade. It also included an image of Cook on a tour of the Kumamoto facility along with Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. This admission has seemingly laid rest to the plethora of rumours speculating that the iPhone used Sony camera sensors.

According to a recent report, the iPhone 15 series could boast a state-of-the-art image Sony image sensor. It is said to be capable of capturing a person’s face clearly even against bright backlighting. Sony has reportedly included double the saturation signal level in each pixel than conventional sensors.

This rumoured Sony camera sensor can reportedly capture increased light and reduce overexposure or underexposure. However, Sony is yet to put these sensors into production. They will reportedly be manufactured at the company’s Nagasaki plant. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 15 series in the second half of 2023.

Sony reportedly controlled around 44 percent of the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor market in 2021, meanwhile, Samsung came second with 18.5 percent. The company has is said to have planned to spend about JPY 900 billion (roughly Rs. 54,000 crore) throughout 2023 in the hopes of gaining control of about 60 percent of the CMOS image sensor market by 2025.

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