While Apple certainly tries to do everything in-house, sometimes it’s just more efficient to just buy from companies who already have the necessary resources and experience. For example did you know that Sony’s camera sensors have been used in Apple’s iPhones in the past? Even if you did, this piece of news might be of interest to you.
According to a report from Nikkei Technology (via Cult of Mac), it seems that Sony has unveiled a new image sensor for smartphones that is capable of shooting at an incredible 960fps. This means that it could result in slow-mo videos that are considerably slower compared to what the iPhone is offering at the moment, with speculation that this new Sony sensor could find its way into the new iPhones.
Sony apparently achieved this by adding a DRAM layer between the image sensing part and the logic circuit, resulting in a sensor that can capture Full HD 1080p videos at 960fps, versus what the current iPhone sensor can do which is 720p videos at 120fps. Of course whether or not we need such incredible slow-mo captures is another story.
At the moment Sony did not mention when these new chips will be hitting the market or if they will even find their way into the new iPhones at all, but either way we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled. In the meantime if you are curious as to what 960fps looks like, check out this video above uploaded by 3C everyday.