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Sony boosts production of 3D sensors for smartphone cameras

Apple has expressed interest in the 3D camera technology

Sony is boosting production of 3D sensors for smartphone cameras, following interest from customers including Apple.

The chips will power front- and rear-facing 3D cameras on several smartphone models in 2019, with Sony beginning mass production in late summer.

Satoshi Yoshihara, head of Sony’s sensor division, said: “Cameras revolutionised phones, and based on what I’ve seen, I have the same expectation for 3D. The pace will vary by field, but we’re definitely going to see adoption of 3D. I’m certain of it.”

Sony controls around half of the camera chip market and supplies customers including Apple, Alphabet, Samsung and Huawei.