The launch of the iPhone 14 series is roughly a month and a half away. And this close to its release, Apple is still facing production issues. Tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the Cupertino tech giant has changed camera supplier after some camera lenses “quality issues” emerged for iPhone 14.
Reportedly, Apple has further improved the camera system in the upcoming iPhone series, the front, and rear camera lenses. Previously, Kuo claimed that iPhone 14’s front camera will be upgraded with an autofocus feature to capture sharper images and a 6-element lens to improve image quality.
It was said that Sony will supply camera sensors for the models, Genius and Largan will supply the lenses and the new focus module will be provided by Alps and Luxshare. However, Apple has now shifted Genius’ camera lens order to Largan because it was unable to deliver quality components.
iPhone 14’s rear camera “quality issues” will not delay its September launch
Kuo’s latest survey revealed that rear camera lenses provided by Genius suffered from “coating-crack” quality issues. Therefore, Apple has transferred the order of approximately 10 million lenses from Genius to Largan to avoid any delays in iPhone 14 shipments.
As Largan is capable of handling its own and additional orders capacity, Kuo tweeted that switch in suppliers will not result in the new iPhone shipments. He also added that if Genius is unable to deliver quality components, more of its order will be passed to Largan.
The impact on iPhone 14 shipments can almost be ignored because Largan can fill the supply gap well. The lens coating-crack problem should be addressed within 1-2 months based on experience. But if Genius can’t handle the issue, Largan will continue to receive more orders.
Recently, the tech giant added SG Micro to its supply chain to provide integrated circuits for iPhone 14 Pro models. Decisions taken by Apple show its willingness to expand its supply chain or transfer orders to avoid delays.