Rumors about the iPhone 5’s specs have been swirling around in recent months but many of these specs still remain anybody’s guess. However, it is interesting to mention that all opinions seem to converge to one common point: the iPhone 5 will indeed bring an 8 MP camera. Glad they have agreed on something!
Now, one question remains unanswered: „Who is the supplier?” Two months ago, everybody would have answered Sony because the company’s CEO, Howard Stringer had stated Apple’s next-generation iPhone would use Sony’s 8MP sensor.
Apple has placed a huge camera sensor order, apparently for the iPhone 5 to OmniVision, its long- time camera image sensor supplier, DigiTimes reported. OmniVision will provide Apple with 90% of all the camera sensors the Cupertino giant needs for the manufacturing of the iPhone 5, while Sony will supply the 10% remainder, the same website informed.
It seems that Howard Stringer rushed to conclusions.
Apple’s choice to give up full supplies from OmniVision and add Sony’s products in the mix is a bit surprising. The CIS provider may not be able to meet Apple’s demand, some have suggested.
The 8MP camera is a nice present for all Apple’s customers, irrespective of the camera sensor supplier. It is high time that Apple brought a high-performance camera on its smartphones since many Android handsets already offer this feature. Nevertheless, it still remains a mystery why the Cupertino-based company has taken so long to improve its iPhone camera.
The release date for the iPhone 5 is still unknown. Some suggest the smartphone could be launched this fall, while others even claim there will be no trace of iPhone 5 on the market until 2012.