If you were worried about the iPhone X being constrained in supply this year due to issues with Face ID, you might be pleased to learn that Face ID production might not be an issue this year. In a report from The Investor (via MacRumors) out of Korea, it seems that Apple is looking to tap LG to help them produce the sensors needed for Face ID for this year’s iPhones.
The report claims that Apple is apparently going to invest heavily into LG to help them get the necessary facilities up and running. It seems that LG has recently made a regulatory filing where they plan to build additional facilities for its mobile camera module and next-gen module business, but they did not specify how they would be funding their efforts, leading to speculation that Apple could be behind it.
The Face ID components are also said to not be exclusive to the iPhone, but it has also been rumored to find their way into Apple’s 2018 iPads. In fact this is not the first time we’re hearing about Apple investing into LG. We have heard reports in the past where Apple is said to have invested in LG to help them build more OLED production lines which they plan to use for their future iPhones.
In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but for Apple to diversify their supply chain to prevent bottlenecks isn’t an uncommon practice for the Cupertino company (or any company for that matter), but we suppose we’ll have to see how the iPhone X supply holds up this year to get an idea of how effective it might be.