On Thursday, Korea’s ET News claimed that LG is striving for enough capacity so that by the end of 2017, the company can produce 100,000 modules per day. Orders should proceed through 2019 and probably beyond.
The new factory is described as the LG’s first producing iPhone cameras modules outside of South Korea, and necessary since seven production lines in Gumi are already operating round-the-clock —some 700 people are said to have been hired for camera module production in the last six months.
The Vietnam operation is also expected to feed the bottom line of LG, as labour costs are reportedly about a tenth compared to those in Korea.
Currently, Apple now has three iPhone models that boast of dual-lens cameras: the 7 Plus, the 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, which goes up for preorder on November. In each case, the second lens facilitates optical zoom, as well as a Portrait mode that resembles the depth-of-field effects of DSLRs.
Numerous single-lens iPhones are now on sale, including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8. It is still unclear if the iPhone X —which Apple dubs as the future of iPhone design —means that single-lens modules will ultimately be phased out.