Tim Cook confirms Sony as photo specialist on iPhones

Tim Cook confirms Sony as photo specialist on iPhones

Sony is a historical partner of Apple for iPhone photo sensors. It was an open secret for a long time, but Tim Cook paid tribute to his supplier during his trip to Japan.

Apple very rarely gives the names of the suppliers of its components. She holds a list of the main ones, but itself still lags behind. The latest published covers fiscal year 2020.

We’ve partnered with Sony for over a decade to create the world’s best camera sensors for iPhone. Thanks to Ken and everyone on the team for showing me around the state of the art Kumamoto facility today. ” has tweeted the Apple boss, pictured being briefed on a likely technical aspect of his own iPhones.

Source : @tim_cook

Sony is not an exclusive supplier for Apple, it delivers optics to different players and each one adapts them to its own sauce and accompanies them with software intelligence boosted by in-house components. Like the Neural Engine in Apple’s Ax processors, used to decipher the content of photos and videos.

At the end of November, the Nikkei Asia explained that Sony would continue to sell its sensors to Apple for the next generation of iPhone. Tim Cook’s tweet confirms that this collaboration has every reason to continue.

The publication specified that Sony was working on a new series of differently architected sensors. The photodiodes and the phototransistors are spread over two separate layers in order to free up more space for the photodiodes. This would result in a sensor capable of absorbing a lot of light and allowing more effective treatments to combat overexposure and underexposure. Verification next year with the iPhone 15 Pro.

Sony remains the leader of this market, however Samsung is launched in pursuit, also indicates the Nikkei Asia, based on a study by the British firm Omdia. This attributed to Sony a global market share of 44% in 2021 and to Samsung of 18.5%. Sony suffered from the loss of US-sanctioned Huawei, but last June the Japanese affirmed its desire to capture 60% of the market by 2025, an objective already announced in 2019 when it held 53%.