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iPhone 5 may include an 8-megapixel camera built by Sony

iPhone 5 may include an 8-megapixel camera built by Sony

Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer may have inadvertently admitted that Sony image sensors will be used in the iPhone 5. In an interview with Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal the Sony chief stated, possibly accidentally, that image sensors manufactured in Sony’s Japanese factories on their way to Apple may be delayed as a result of last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

iPhone 4 camera

As Sony is not currently manufacturing image sensors for existing Apple products, it’s fair to assume that these may be used in the forthcoming Apple iPhone 5 expected to be launched later this summer.

Although Stringer did not state that the image sensors being produced were 8-megapixel ones, there is consequential evidence to suggest this. An article by Electronista in February of this year speculates that the existing image sensor manufacturer for the iPhone 4, OmniVision, may not be able to supply the rumoured 8-megapixel sensors required in time for the rumoured mid-summer iPhone 5 launch. In the interview Stringer refers to the irony of “supplying camera components for Apple devices”. We can only assume that he’s referring to the Sony image sensors and the irony now that both providers may delay the iPhone 5’s launch.

Statements like this from Sony’s CEO only help fuel delayed launch rumours surrounding the iPhone 5.

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10 Comments

  1. JMattHicks

    April 5, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    This is going to be one incredible cellphone. Can’t wait to hear more about it closer to the release date.

  2. JMattHicks

    April 5, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    This is going to be one incredible cellphone. Can’t wait to hear more about it closer to the release date.

    • pdscott

      April 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      @JMattHicks I’m an Android fanboy myself but I can’t wait to see what they do- Apple always innovate in a way that others just don’t.

      It will be interesting to see if the NFC tech is included in iP5

      • JMattHicks

        April 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM

        @pdscott Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

        I thought it was already confirmed that the iP5 will have NFC, no?

        • pdscott

          April 6, 2011 at 10:21 PM

          @JMattHicks I think it’s still rumored, but so strongly so that it’s a given http://bit.ly/gJcIGW -I’d be more shocked if it didn’t. Although, the new iPhone reminds me of the TAT video from a while back, http://bit.ly/fICXcy, we’re getting closer to it.

  3. pdscott

    April 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    @JMattHicks I’m an Android fanboy myself but I can’t wait to see what they do- Apple always innovate in a way that others just don’t.

    It will be interesting to see if the NFC tech is included in iP5

  4. JMattHicks

    April 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    @pdscott Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

    I thought it was already confirmed that the iP5 will have NFC, no?

  5. pdscott

    April 6, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    @JMattHicks I think it’s still rumored, but so strongly so that it’s a given http://bit.ly/gJcIGW -I’d be more shocked if it didn’t. Although, the new iPhone reminds me of the TAT video from a while back, http://bit.ly/fICXcy, we’re getting closer to it.

  6. GAR Labs

    September 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    These sensors, according to the report, will feature an 8-megapixel resolution.

  7. GAR Labs

    September 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    These sensors, according to the report, will feature an 8-megapixel resolution.

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