iPhone 5 to feature 8MP Sony camera?

iPhone 5 to feature 8MP Sony camera?By now we all pretty much know that if you want to know what Apple has in mind for its forthcoming products, there's no point in actually asking Apple itself.

So it's a good thing Sony CEO Howard Stringer was on hand this week, as he's potentially just let slip the not insignificant detail of the camera spec for the iPhone 5.

Stringer was speaking in an interview with Walt Mossberg this week, 9to5Mac reports, and apparently commented that the recent Japanese earthquake had affected Sony's Sendai plant, where its CMOS sensors are produced.

Stringer was paraphrased as saying: “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?”

Now Apple doesn't currently use Sony sensors in its iDevices, so Stringer's comments can only be referring to a future generation of products. Those “best sensors” would have to refer to the 8-megapixel Exmor R units seen in the likes of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

Interestingly, if the rumour is true it would confirm reports in The Street back in April last year that the fifth-generation iPhone would come packing an 8-megapixel Sony camera.

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ipeters42  Apr. 3, 2011 at 17:58

forget the snazy featuers; will it have poor reception/poor antenna like the v4?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 20:23

I guess someone had to make that camera module, right? ***yawn*** :p
I was not impressed with the Sony Ericsson X10 shooter, so hey, we'll see if Sony make something better for the competition.

And @ipeters42
I'm by no means an iDefender, but with a case on to avoid attenuation, the iPhone 4 had actually pretty good reception (I got high-speed 3G in a part of our office building where all HTC phones I have had only managed to get 2G). Even the US Consumer Report that refused to "recommend" the iPhone 4 said as much ;)


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