Sharp hopes to secure some orders from Apple camera lenses for future iPhones. To increase its chances of a lucrative agreement with Apple, it is speculated that Sharp will increase its investment in the Japanese lens manufacturer Kansatsu, which currently holds a 44 percent stake.
Sharp would have to compete with Largan Precision in Taiwan, which currently supplies camera lens modules for iPhone. Sharp is owned by Foxconn, the world's largest maker of iPhones.
Kantatsu currently produces modules 12 megapixel camera with a rate comparable to that of Largan performance, according to a publication Liberty Times site.
Sharp Chairman Jeng-wu Tai said in a recent letter to employees that the company should boost its camera module business through investment and acquisitions of core equipment and manufacturing partners.
Apple has no stake in Kantatsu although it did provide the company with a batch of equipment to make improvements to the manufacturing process in early 2016.
Another report provided in the day, the site DigiTimes reiterated that Samsung will provide exclusively for the iPhone AMOLED panels 8 next year. Other panel makers such as LG Display, Japan Display and Sharp could join Apple's AMOLED supply chain sometime in 2018.
It seems that the Cupertino company is already taking the first steps to organize the production process of the iPhone 8 that according to various rumors will have a complete redesign and a remarkable hardware upgrade.
Apple is bound to give a new approach to your smartphone as sales during the first quarter of 2016 were not encouraging, so the company risks all or nothing with the iPhone 2017.