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Apple’s main supplier, Foxconn, will take care of assembling the iPhone’s camera components instead of installing finished units.
Apple is continually developing its iPhone cameras, with the 2022 “iPhone 15” range set to add a new unibody system. Perhaps in preparation for this system, Foxconn would now have been tasked with assembling the lens and other components, rather than purchasing finished camera modules from other companies.
According to The elec, Foxconn purchases camera module inspection equipment from South Korean company Hyvision System. It is specifically intended to inspect the alignment of image sensors, wide, ultra wide and telephoto lenses.
Previously, Apple bought pre-assembled camera modules from companies like LG InnoTek. Hyvision System would also provide inspection equipment to LG InnoTek, this time specifically related to 3D time-of-flight modules.
It is believed to be a cost saving measure. No other details are known, but extending Foxconn’s existing production lines to include assembly of these components will likely be more cost effective than paying for separate assembly at other companies.
Separately, LG InnoTek is reportedly working on an improved zoom camera for the iPhone, possibly a folding system using Samsung components.