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02-11-2014, 07:35 PM #1
Sony Rumored to be in Talks to Supply More Image Sensors to Apple
A recent rumor out of South Korea suggests that Apple may be considering an edge-to-edge display for the eight-generation iPhone. Japanese media reports are saying that Sony is in talks to supply front-facing FaceTime camera modules for the handset in addition to the rear iSight camera components.
The Cupertino California company is said to be testing prototypes of the so-called “iPhone 6” that lack bezels surrounding the devices’ displays according to The Korea Herald. Rumors of an iPhone featuring a bezel-free design have been circulating for years with one report last November claiming that Apple was working on handsets with “larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges.”
The display is thought to feature integrated fingerprint sensing capabilities, technology that Apple has previously detailed in patent filings. It’s unclear whether that would mean the end of the Touch ID-infused home button, or indeed the end of the home button all together. In addition, the iPhone 6 could sport a new Sony-supplied front-facing camera. The Japanese electronics giant is believed to be negotiating a new agreement that would see its shipments of CMOS camera modules to apple double as early as next year.
Sony reportedly repurchased a semiconductor manufacturing facility from Renesas Electronics as a precursor to the Apple deal. After an initial investment of roughly $342 million, the plant will boost Sony’s CMOS manufacturing capacity by 25% per month.
Source: The Korea Herald, Nikkei Asian Review