iPhone 5 To Use Sony’s 8 Megapixel Camera Parts?

In news that can only be described as odd, 9to5Mac claims that the iPhone 5 could come complete with an 8 megapixel camera manufactured by Japanese giant Sony. While the prospect of a pixel-bumped shooter isn’t exactly a surprise, the possible source certainly is.

9to5Mac’s claims come from an interview given by Sony CEO Howard Stringer to the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg. In said interview Stringer claimed that the recent Japan tragedy would delay manufacturing of camera image sensors – sensors he claimed are destined for Apple hardware.

Stringer just said that their camera image sensor facility in Sendai was affected by the tsunami. Getting image sensors to Apple will be delayed.

Currently Sony doesn’t produce parts for Apple, which got 9to5Mac thinking. Reports from the TheStreet back in April 2010 suggested Apple could be looking at an 8 megapixel camera for its next iPhone after successfully predicting a 5 megapixel part would be used for the iPhone 4. Couple this with another report from PhoneArena that Apple has been planning to dump current camera provider OmniVision and all of a sudden this doesn’t seem as far-fetched as it once did.

With the news coming straight from the horse’s mouth we can’t help but think there might be something to this, though obviously time will tell – keep an eye out for those tear downs we all love so much when the iPhone 5 finally puts in an appearance.

{via 9to5 Mac}


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