A new report today claims Apple will pay as much as three times for the “high-end” front-facing camera it will feature on its upcoming iPhone 14.
ET News reports that the new front-facing camera with autofocus will be partly manufactured in South Korea for the first time. Apple reportedly rejected a Chinese candidate to choose LG Innotek, a South Korean company that will supply the front-facing camera alongside Japan’s Sharp. While the Cupertino firm had expected to use LG for the iPhone 15’s front-facing camera but moved the plan forward to the iPhone 14.
Apple reclassified the front-facing camera as a “high-end” component and had quality concerns with Chinese suppliers. The new camera is said to cost nearly three times more than the front-facing camera component used in the current iPhone lineup.
LG Innotek is now reported to be readying for mass production of the front camera for the iPhone 14, which should debut in September.