Parts of the supply chain are tempering their expectations on iPhone sales for the remainder of 2018, a report claims, with weak sales said to be feared by suppliers based in Taiwan, despite the impending launch of the iPhone XR.
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.
Since July, Apple has reportedly been working to secure a "massive" quantity of camera lens modules for this fall's new iPhones — something that could be aided by one of its suppliers launching a new factory by the end of September.
Several Taiwanese companies in Apple's supply chain — including processor maker TSMC, and assembly firm Pegatron — are insisting that a major blackout which hit the island on Tuesday did little to disrupt production, a serious concern given the imminent arrival of new iPhones.
Though the company stopped short of saying who the components are for, Apple supplier Largan has affirmed that it will ship 3D sensors capable of scanning a user's face and unique iris, capabilities rumored to be a part of the anticipated "iPhone 8."
A variety of Apple suppliers — including some stalwarts — are reportedly being hit by lower price quotes from the company, which is likewise said to be searching for new suppliers to maintain high profit margins on its products.
Taiwan's Largan Technology and camera lens makers in China and Japan have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, aiming for inclusion in Apple's next Plus-sized iPhone, a report claimed on Tuesday.