Some of us already know that Sony has been providing CMOS sensors to Apple's iPhone 5/5S rear-facing cameras. Rear-facing cameras have always been superior to front-facing ones, as people use the latter to either take selfies or video chat, hence quality is not as crucial. But, with rival smartphone manufacturers incorporating better camera technologies this year, Apple is looking to boost its imaging capabilities of its next iPhone.
According to Nikkei, Apple has approached Sony to supply camera sensors for the new iPhone's secondary camera. Sony is expected to raise its production of sensors to 200 million yearly just to cater to Apple; this is a significant twofold increase from the present 100 million sensors Sony is providing to Apple per year. To deliver the extra goods, Sony has reportedly enlisted the help of a Japanese chip producer, Renesas Electronics, to assist production by 25%.
The iPhone 6 is slated to launch sometime later this year. Currently, Sony also supplies its sensors to Samsung and Huawei.