The Japanese firm already supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors for the current iPhone models' rear-mounted main cameras. Apple is likely looking to switch to Sony sensors for the secondary camera on the screen side, used for taking self-portraits.
Sony is expected to do $3.47 billion in image sensor sales this fiscal year and holds 32.1% of the market.
Notably, Apple's request for more components is the reason the company just purchased a plant from Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics, according to a source involved in the negotiations.
Sony is also a supplier for Samsung and Huawei. Recently, the company announced the sale of its VAIO PC division in a renewed focus on its imaging and mobile business.
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