Digitimes claimed back in May that Largan Precision could become the main supplier of eight-megapixel lens modules for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. Now a report today from Taiwan Economic News claims that not only Largan Precision Co., Ltd., but also Genius Electronic Optical Co., Ltd will both be supplying Apple for their next-gen iPhone with orders expected to be placed soon.
“The two companies are reported to continue supplying lenses for Apple’s newest iPhone 5 with an 8-megapixel camera. With relatively higher production yield, Largan, commanding nearly 20% of the global market, will reportedly garner a big order from Apple.”
We thought that the N97 prototype WSJraved about may rock a Sony lens, which many believed could be the iPhone 5, rather than an iPhone 4S refresh. However, this new info that points towards Sony not being the supplier of the iPhone 5 lens might lend more credence to the possibility the N97 was actually an iPhone 4 variant or simply a prototype using a Sony lens.
As of June, Sony was rumored to be getting a deal in place to supply Apple with 8MP image sensors. Keep in mind we expect Apple to introduce two new iPhones, one of which could very well still utilize a Sony lens. There has also been no shortage of leaked lens parts believed to belong to a next-gen iPhone, which has lead to many assumptions regarding potential suppliers. We even just discovered an iPhone 5 case that points to a much larger camera (image after the break).
Genius and Largan both supplied Apple with lens modules for the iPhone 4, whose orders even took Genius out of operating losses into profitability. Today’s report claims the two companies will compete and work together as they continue to share Apple has one of their largest customers for the upcoming next-gen iPhone.
It’s not surprising that Apple continues to source parts from multiple suppliers. Just this morning a report from Macotakara says Foxconn and Pegatron have both begun production of next-gen iPhones. This is a move that is common for the company in an attempt to create competition amongst suppliers, drive down prices, and increase production quality while reducing risk. Additionally, this morning Deutsche Telekom in Germany began quietly accepting iPhone 5 pre-orders from existing customers.
This iPhone 5 case appears to have a camera hole approximately two times wider than the iPhone 4 (image below).
The iPhone 5 case vs. iPhone 4 case comparison image sent in by Aleksandr Falb