Apple is expected to upgrade the cameras on thier iPhone starting next year as the Cupertino-based company has reportedly booked up the production capacity for above 12-megapixel lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision in central Taiwan.
Among makers of above 12-megapixel smartphone lens modules, only Largan meets Apple’s minimum yield rate requirement, according to market rumors. The new factory in Taichung is designed to accommodate monthly production capacity of 600 million lens modules, six times Largan’s present capacity, and will start production in October 2017.
Largan declined to comment on the rumors and indicated that the company has never disclosed information about the production capacity at the Taichung factory.
Viewing that smartphone cameras are developed toward dual or multiple lenses, large aperture and 3D sensing, the new factory will be capable of producing such lens modules, Largan CEO Lin En-ping indicated.