Apple has never been open to revealing details about the components of iPhones. Cupertino-based technology company Apple has not officially revealed key features like RAM, battery capacity or even the sensor that it uses in its camera module since the 2007 release of the iPhone 1.
Yes, there are many tear-down videos and benchmarking scores online that reveal details about the iPhone’s RAM and battery. Although the exact type of camera sensor is not secret, very few smartphone enthusiasts are tech-savvy enough to know about it.
In a rare admission, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has now revealed that the iPhone has used Sony’s high-end camera sensors for over a decade.
“We have been working with Sony for more than a decade to make the best iPhone camera sensors. Apple CEO Tim Cook thanked Ken and the entire team for showing him around Kumamoto’s cutting-edge facility today. He shared the photo of his encounter with Kenichiro Yoshida on Twitter.
Cook has been touring in Japan, Sony’s home, since December 12th, where he has met with Apple developers, official stores, as well as suppliers.
The Apple iPhone camera hardware has been equal to most premium smartphones since its inception. However, it started to surpass them with the iPhone 11 Pro series ( Review) in 2019.
The latest iPhone 14 Pro series now features the largest camera upgrade. The new 48MP main sensor is backed by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel Telephoto sensor, and an LED flash. Apple’s Photonic Engine feature has been introduced for the first time. It promises higher quality images in all lighting conditions. The device also supports Action Mode which allows for stable video recording, even when the hand is shaking.