iPhone 12 camera lenses fail during testing. But don’t panic

iPhone 12 could be a huge improvement over iPhone 11.
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According to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has encountered a problem with the camera lenses it plans to use for the iPhone 12. Specifically, some of the coatings for the wide angle lens cracked during a high-pressure, high-humidity stress test.

The report suggests that the lenses that failed the test were designed for the regular (non-Pro) iPhone 12 models. They were made by manufacturer Yujingguang. Lenses made by Largan, another supplier awarded orders, passed the test.<!– –>

Fortunately, Kuo says that Largan will pick up the slack. It will be able to make up for any shortfall as a result of Yujingguang. That means that there will be no further delay for the new handsets, which Apple has already said will ship a few weeks later than normal this year.

If true, it’s bad news for Yujingguang, however. Kuo says that, in order to keep Apple’s custom, the manufacturer will need to lower its prices to Apple once it’s sorted the issue. Instead of charging $2 to $2.20 per lens, it may have to reduce this to as little as $1.50.

Clarifying iPhone 12 launch details

9to5Mac, which reported Kuo’s note, points out another pertinent piece of information as well. A recent report noted that Apple could stagger the releases of the iPhone 12 this year. While that wouldn’t be unusual (Apple has done something similar for two out of the last three years), the report suggested that Apple could release one 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and one iPhone 12 Pro together, followed by a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro together at a later date.

That would be somewhat confusing, compared to releasing the two regular iPhone 12 handsets together and then the two iPhone 12 Pro handsets. Kuo’s report suggests that this is what Apple might wind up doing. Kuo notes that production on the regular 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 are proceeding together. That suggests that the lower-end models might go on sale initially, followed by the Pro models.