This month Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to confirm that Apple does use Sony image sensors in its iPhones.
"We've been partnering with Sony for over a decade to create the world's leading camera sensors for iPhone," Cook tweeted out, along with an image of him looking at an iPhone.
We’ve been partnering with Sony for over a decade to create the world’s leading camera sensors for iPhone. Thanks to Ken and everyone on the team for showing me around the cutting-edge facility in Kumamoto today. pic.twitter.com/462SEkUbhi
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2022
This admission from Cook is rare for Apple, as the company is known for being very secretive about the type of components that powers its smartphones. Although this is not entirely surprising for some, there have been rumors over the years that hinted that Apple was using some Sony hardware as components for iPhones.
Cook's tweet suggests that the partnership is still ongoing. In a recent report from Nikkei Asia, the outlet claims that the next iteration of iPhones will include Sony's latest "state of the art" image sensors. Further noting that these new image sensors will be able to capture more light and reduce over and underexposure, of course, we certainly will know once these new phones are out to really test this.
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Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.