Monday, 4 April 2011

Sony to provide 8MP camera for iPhone 5? We hope so.

At a recent talk held between The Wall Street Journal and Sony it was inadvertanlty revealed that Apple are buying image sensors from Sony. Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer was quoted (paraphrased) “Our best sensor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones…or iPads. Isn’t that something? They buy our best sensors from us?”. Although not 100% certain it's possible that these sensors are going into the iPhone 5 that we're all clambering to get news on (and this is some juicy news!). Exactly which image sensor is unknown but most people are betting on the 8 megapixel 'Exmor R' image sensors as found in Sony's newest Xperia. An example image from the Xperia Arc is below.

However (more likely) Sony are supplying sensors for a new iPod nano, packing the same form but with an added camera. Image below.

If the sensors are for the iPhone 5 it is unknown how it will affect its release date (still unknown, iPhone 5 still unconfirmed), will it even reach us this year as we all suspect? It seems like the iPhone 5 is getting quite a makeover, larger screen, slimmer build, better camera? 4G? Dual core? You'll have to wait and see. We'll keep you updated right here!
Omran, CeX Towers
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