Apple officially admits iPhones have been using Sony camera sensors for over a decade

The secret is now out.

  • Apple’s Tim Cooks visited Sony’s Kumamoto facility and shared a picture on Twitter. 
  • The Tweet also reveals Apple’s big secret: it gets image sensors for its iPhones from Sony. 
  • Apple has been partnering with Sony for over a decade, Cook said.

It’s no secret that Apple keeps tight-lipped regarding the specifics of the hardware components used in the iPhone. It hence comes as a surprise when Apple’s Tim Cook admits that the company uses Sony camera sensors in its iPhones. A confirmation like this is rare from Apple, so Cook’s visit to Sony’s facility and open admission of Sony’s image sensors in iPhones is a big deal.

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In his fresh tweet, Tim cook has written, “We’ve been partnering with Sony for over a decade to create the world’s leading camera sensors for iPhone,” and then thanked Sony’s CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, for showing him around the company’s Kumamoto facility. The tweet also includes a picture of folks over at the facility showing Cook his company’s own smartphones. (the irony)

Those who closely follow the tech industry rumors over the years or have watched past iFixit teardowns of iPhones would have already known about the presence of Sony sensors on the iPhones.

The Cupertino giant is also quiet about its other hardware components used in the iPhone, like battery, chip, and display suppliers. However, supply chain analysts have revealed that Apple gets its front and back glass sheets for iPhones from Corning, while Samsung and LG supply it with OLED panels. And as far as Chips are concerned, they are, of course, manufactured by TSMC.

According to previous reports, Sony is developing a new sensor that will allow more light in and reduce the possibility of under or overexposure. Of course, that sensor will be used in future iPhones. However, if it rings any bells, that’s because the forthcoming iPhone 15 Ultra is rumored to have such a camera sensor.