The forthcoming iPhone 7 Plus’s dual camera system is facing production delays, with key manufacturing partner Sony apparently unable to meet demand for the component.
Chris Chang, an analyst for Nomura Securities, believes that Apple will bring LG on board to supply the camera parts for its updated iPhone instead.
Sony is said to be struggling with what's called 'low yield', which could mean that too many of the parts it is making are deemed not of satisfactory quality. Or that Sony has been hamstrung by sub-standard materials, staffing problems or another unspecified glitch in the production process.
It's also thought that rumoured damage to the company’s factory being after a major earthquake in Japan in April has impacted on Sony's capability to fulfil Apple's orders.
The iPhone 7 Plus’s dual lens camera is set to be the key new feature on the 2017 edition of Apple’s largest iPhone model.
The smaller 4.7–inch iPhone 7 is expected to be equipped with a less powerful single lens camera instead.
The dual lens camera is said to come with optical image stabilisation, as well as the ability to refocus images after they have been taken.
Apple is expected to offer only minor design tweaks and internal changes with this autumn’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with plans emerging for a major upgrade in 2017.
Next year’s iPhone is expected to feature an OLED screen and an iPhone 4-style glass frame.