Bosch to Supply Up to Half of Motion Sensors in Future iPhones

Bosch has won orders to supply Apple with some of the motion sensors in its next range of iPhones, according to a report by Bloomberg, potentially loosening Invensense's position as the primary supplier of the smartphone components.

California-based Invensense exclusively supplied the gyroscopes and accelerometers in the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7, but Apple's new deal with Bosch could see the German firm supply as much as half of the motion-sensing components in Apple's upcoming phones.


Bosch already supplies the barometric pressure sensors for the iPhone, but the deal could reflect Apple's aim to source components from at least two suppliers to make it easier to negotiate cheaper prices.

Invensense is currently seeking to complete a $1.3 billion sale to Tokyo-based TDK Corp, which had hoped to strengthen its business with Apple as part of the deal. "We aim to become a strong player in the sensor business with InvenSense as our perfect partner," TDK CEO Shigenao Ishiguro said in December, when the purchase agreement was first made. Shares in Invensense dipped more than 5 percent on Thursday's news.

Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned this year, with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that includes an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front-facing camera. The new iPhone is expected to be sold alongside standard "S" cycle 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.

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23 months ago
Bosch = quality
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23 months ago
Bosh is a welcome name. Was fed up of Chinese-Chinese with Apple.
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23 months ago
European based company.. perhaps this contract and investment helps them offset their profits in the EU, before that tax judgment is affirmed.

Or am I too cynical?!
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23 months ago
Nice. I have a Bosch vacuum cleaner.
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23 months ago


Prefer German products over Chinese and you're all of the sudden racist. Weeeeee!

Exactly. smh
So apparently anybody referencing "German engineering," or a preference for "Indian cuisine" is racist.
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23 months ago
So Bosch will be my accelerometer and my window wipers!
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23 months ago
Bish, bash, Bosch.
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23 months ago

Bosh is a welcome name. Was fed up of Chinese-Chinese with Apple.


Not sure how China has anything to do with this. Invensense is based in San Jose.
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23 months ago

..says the German.
They tried to rip off the US together with VW cause they were not able to meet modern emission standards and now wannabe-green Apple kind of rewards them..

They werd able to meet the standards just fine. There is not a single diesel car out there without Bosch components. Actually there is not a single car in the world that does not have Bosch components.
It's just that VW did not want to spend the extra money too reach the (pretty ridiculous low) emission standards. Because fuel consumption of these incriminated cars is still way better than most other cars on the market.
Don't confuse criminal behavior and incompetence.
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Having had plenty of German cars, I'll just say that while they handle nicely, reliability of the various bits that go into them, including the bits made by Bosch, is garbage. Bosch makes plenty of parts that go into American cars too, even Jeeps, which have lol lol lol reliability.

Every car built on this planet has Bosch parts. No one makes a car without Bosch. They deliver the quality the customer is willing to pay for. AND German manufactures always use the latest and greatest in technology. Toyota always goes with components that have been proven and in the market for at least 5 years and are also a lot less complex. That's the main reason for superior reliability. Toyota also buys a whole lot of components from Bosch.
Actually Bosch, Continental and ZF are the three biggest automotive suppliers in the world and they are all German. No one builds a car without key components made in Germany. Not the Japanese, not the Koreans, not the Chinese, not the Americans, not the Italiens and not even the French. A Tesla is made up of mostly German parts (if you leave out the Battery Cells). They are assembled by German machines and robots .
Generalizing on the quality of German car components is pretty pointless.
Bosch is an outstanding company that employs more than 300.000 people around the world. It's also self owned and therefore does not need to care about shareholder value and wall street sharks.
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