Apple changing camera assembly methods to reduce costs

Apple has overhauled its camera assembly methods to lower costs, according to a new report.

As first reported by The Elec, the company will individually produce each of the camera lenses rather than have them pre-assembled and together, and it’s thought that this will reduce costs.

The company previously worked with suppliers like LG InnoTek, Sharp, and O’Film on preassembled lenses, and now camera modules will be produced by Foxconn to lower costs. As a result of the change, the production methods have also been given an overhaul, but won’t affect performance.

According to the report, Foxconn has received inspection equipment from South Korean firm Hyvision System, which will check whether the wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto camera lenses are properly aligned. Should the camera equipment be misaligned, image quality would likely suffer.

It’s interesting to note that the core aim for Apple’s change is to reduce costs, and it’s not yet known whether this is to pass on savings to consumers, increase Apple’s margins, or help to reduce the impact of increased camera costs, should Apple further improve the technology.

The iPhone 13 is set to be released this September, and we’ll surely find out more then whether the cameras have been given any improvements. What would you like to see come to the iPhone?

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