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.