A new DigiTimes report claims Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently looking for a new supplier to provide ambient light sensors for the iPhone. Industry sources claim that Apple is currently in talks with Capella Microsystems – the manufacturer who supplies over one million ambient light sensors to HTC every month – to become the new component supplier.
Capella has reportedly delivered its products to AAPL for testing and verification. It is believed that the ambient light sensors currently used by the Cupertino company have been critisized for their problems.
Though a deal with the new supplier is far from being reached, Apple is expected to have it in place by the end of the year. It would make Capella the first Taiwan-based manufacturer to supply components to Apple, though rumor has it Apple is also in talks with Memory Logic.
We certainly won’t see a new ambient light sensor in the iPhone 4, but will Apple have a deal in place in time for the iPhone 5. The fifth-generation device is expected to launch later than its predecessors with many betting on a September launch.
For those unaware, the ambient light sensor is component located above the iPhone’s display that allows the device to detect the level of light and adjust the brightness on the display accordingly. If you have auto-brightness enabled, the brightness on your iPhone will increase in bright environments and decrease in low light levels.