Three of Apple’s suppliers will split iPhone 12 camera module orders among them. The report comes from DigiTimes.
Referring to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain, DigiTimes reports the three suppliers will manufacture the triple-lens cameras to be used in the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch OLED display models, as well as the dual-lens shooters used in the lower-end 5.4 and 6.1-inch models.
LG is said to have scored the contract for the two high-end 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch devices, with module shipments expected to reach 35-40 million units in 2020. Meanwhile, Sharp and O-film will share orders for the two lower-end 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch phones, with camera module shipments expected to hit 50-55 million units this year.
Sharp is expected to account for 60 to 70% of those shipments, with the remaining 30 to 40% going to O-film. Production of the camera modules is expected to begin in July.
Many expect a new TrueDepth camera system that will reduce the size of the front notch on the 2012 iPhone. Rumors are also circulating of a 3D triple-lens rear camera system that uses a LiDAR Scanner feature to calculate depth information for objects in the room, improving both photography and AR capabilities, much like the LiDAR Scanner feature on the 2020 iPad Pro. That feature is expected to be limited to high-end iPhone models.
Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the 6.1 and 5.4-inch iPhones to go into mass production in September, while mass production on the larger 6.7-inch iPhone will be delayed until October because of the device’s more complicated design.