We’ve heard conflicting reports in the past few months, with some saying Apple is cooking up a 4-inch iPhone called the “iPhone 6C” and others saying that the more affordable iPhone will not be launched this year. If a new report is anything to go by, Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is coming thins year, and is apparently causing problems for phone manufacturers who are looking to order camera sensors from Sony.
The report comes from Chinese-speaking m.forum.eet-cn.com. According to the report Chinese smartphone manufactures are having problems ordering camera sensors from Sony, since the bulk of the production has been reserved for Apple. The information comes from Pan Jiutang, a popular Chinese analyst in the IT department, and Sun Changxu, Electronic System Design China’s Chief Analyst.
The report adds that Sony can only meet 50% of the demand from Chinese manufacturers, since a large bulk of production has been reserved for the iPhone 6C.
So what’s the solution? Companies would have to get camera sensors elsewhere. Other camera module manufactures include Samsung, Toshiba, and OmniVision. It’s possible that HTC opted to equip its HTC One M9 flagship with a Toshiba rear-facing camera, due the short supply of Sony sensors.
Of course, since this anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.
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