Apple talking to two firms about switching ambient light sensors

Apple is always looking to improve its hardware while maintaining a huge profit margin and is now reportedly looking at changing the company that supplies the ambient light sensor for iOS devices as well as bringing in a new supplier for its programmable gamma buffers.

According to a report by DigiTimes, Apple is currently in talks with both Integrated Memory Logic (iML) for programmable gamma buffers and Capella Microsystems over using their ambient light sensors after the one currently used in the iPhone 4 came in for some criticism. It's also claimed that Capella has even gotten so far as to send samples to Apple for testing and verification purposes. The company already provides millions of sensors to HTC, shipping over one million units to the smartphone manufacturer each month.

Capella, which ships over one million ambient-light sensors to HTC a month currently, has reportedly delivered its products to Apple for verification as the ambient-light sensors currently used by iPhone 4 have been criticized for some problems, said the sources, noting that Capella may received Apple's orders before the end of the year at the earliest.

The programmable gamma buffers from iML are parts for regulating the luminance of LCD displays, with possible uses being for all iOS devices - iPod touches, iPhones and iPads. 

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Chewbob said,
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I'm also wondering why it makes the front page on so many tech websites, but the current light sensors never work well for me on my 3GS. I'm glad they're finally switching.

no point making front page - whats going on at neowin are they APPLE fan boys.

you dont have to put every single bit of apple news as front page , guys

Mumble said,
Front page news worthy?

because its apple duh, if HP did this people would say eh not newsworthy, but when Apple does it, its OMG APPLE! seriously thats how messed up the news is now days... HP might sell more devices then Apple with a similar device, but yet its a non news story when they switch suppliers