Rumor | Apple will stick with an OIS-enabled telephoto camera in the iPhone 15
Jahwa Electronics is a components OEM that specializes in areas such as the actuators needed to confer OIS on smartphone cameras. It supplies Samsung with parts to this effect for its Galaxy S22 flagship line - and is now also slated to have secured an agreement with Apple to do the same for the iPhones of the future.
The company will reportedly sink no less than 191 billion won (or ~US$155 million) into the creation of an all-new facility to be located in Gumi, South Korea. The sheer size of this alleged investment has sparked rumors that the new installation is needed to accommodate a new order from Apple.
They are based on observations that the company has a tendency to demand that lines, if not whole plants, be dedicated to the production of its shipments: often a prerequisite should a manufacturer wish to land a lucrative contract with the Cupertino giant.
However, as production in this new factory may not start until the second quarter of 2023 (2Q2023) at the earliest, the parts in question may be intended for iPhone 15-series units rather than the 14s rumored to launch in 2022.
As the new Jahwa actuator is tipped to go to a "telephoto" unit, these potential oneday iPhones are thus now slated to launch with this spec. The 15 series has even been linked to periscope zoom cameras, in fact, although the new report does not speak to this putative upgrade.