Here’s why every iPhone 6 sale nets Sony $20

Sony makes $20 every time Apple sells an iPhone 6 handset, a new report reveals.

According to an in-depth article by the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese tech giant is making serious bank thanks to Apple’s flagship smartphone.

It’s thanks to the fact that the iPhone 6 makes use of a Sony-built image sensor, which provides the grunt work for the handset’s much-lauded camera.

Apple sold 61 million iPhones in the last financial quarter alone, so it’s fair to say that Sony is raking in big bucks courtesy of its US-based rival.

Sony’s financials have been a hot topic in tech for a while now, and it’s not usually for a good reason.

The company has struggled to capitalise on a number of its divisions, including core areas like TVs and smartphones.

There’s one area of the Sony business that’s stayed the course however, and it’s Sony’s image sensor business.

You might not know, but Sony image sensors appear in just about every flagship smartphone out there.

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Sony is the current market leader in mobile image sensors, and currently holds around a 40 per cent share of the entire sector.

That’s well up on runner-up OmniVision with 15.7 per cent, and third place Samsung at 15.2 per cent.

Even Samsung, which makes its own image sensors, uses the Sony IMX240 sensor on both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

It’s an interesting situation, because Sony competes with both Apple and Samsung in the flagship smartphone space a la the Sony Xperia Z4.

Should Sony call it quits on smartphones and stick to image sensor production? Let us know in the comments.

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