Apple has changed the way it buys components for its smartphones from suppliers. This is reported by The Elec.
The corporation purchased special equipment from the South Korean firm Hyvision System through partners to check the quality of cameras. The new system will check whether the lenses of wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, as well as optical gear, are properly aligned. The report says that defective optics can directly affect the quality of smartphones.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Apple had previously purchased camera modules from partners LG Innotek, Sharp, and O'Film. Lenses were delivered assembled and complete. Now the American corporation will buy them separately and check the quality of each component. According to experts, with the transition to a new, more profitable format of supply, the company actually learned to save on the assembly of cameras for smartphones.
Foxconn, Apple's longtime partner and one of the main iPhone builders, will be responsible for checking the quality of the equipment. The approximate amount the company will save on the production of each phone was not disclosed.
In April, Apple reported that it had saved nearly 900,000 tons of metal because of the abandonment of the free charger in the iPhone kit. Also, thanks to the new approach, Tim Cook's company has reduced the amount of recycled waste by 39 thousand tons.