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Apple allegedly gearing up for future iPhone with greater than 12MP camera order

With the fall iPhone releases on the doorstep, new reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple has turned to its lens supplier for the next generation already in search of camera sensors in excess of 12 megapixels.

According to market rumors, repeated by DigiTimes on Tuesday, only Largan Precision meets Apple's yield rate requirements. Accordingly, Apple is booking production time at Largan's new factory in Taichung for "above 12-megapixel lens modules."

Apple has denied comment. However, Largan notes that production capability at the new factory will come on gradually, with small volume production beginning at the end of the quarter, with increases before the end of the calendar year.

Largan CEO Lin En-ping claims that the new factory is designed to produce dual-lens cameras, with large apertures. Additional capacity has been reserved for 3D sensing modules as well.

DigiTimes does generally provide accurate information from within Apple's supply chain. However, the publication has an unreliable track record in predicting Apple's future product plans. often predicting both timing and features incorrectly for upcoming products.

The camera order is not the first information that has escaped the supply chain about the fall 2018 iPhone. In June, LG was pegged as a possible supplier for flexible circuit boards, as well as the provider of L-shaped batteries for next year's release.

More immediately, Apple is expected to announce three new iPhones with the high-end OLED model, and two other devices expected at a Sept. 12 press event. Also expected is a refresh of the Apple TV adding 4K video as a playback option, and an LTE-equipped Apple Watch.