Apple to invest in LG Innotek’s 3-D sensing modules ahead of next-gen TrueDepth iPads with Face ID

“US tech giant Apple is planning to invest in Korean electric components maker LG Innotek to secure a stable supply of 3-D sensing modules for iPhones and iPads to be launched this year, according to news reports on Jan. 9,” Kim Young-won reports for The Investor.

“The affiliate of LG Group said in a regulatory filing on Jan. 8 that it would invest 873.7 billion won (US$820.90 million) to build additional facilities for its mobile camera module and next-generation module business,” Kim reports.

“Korean news outlet Korea Economic Daily speculated that the latest decision came after a meeting between Apple CEO Tim Cook and LG Innotek CEO Park Jong-seok in November last year,” Kim reports. “The meeting was rare, since the Apple CEO does not usually directly participate in negotiations with parts suppliers, the news outlet reported.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Locking up the supply and keeping it out of competitor’s hands is likely an additional benefit, too.

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