8 MegaPixel Sony Camera Sensor for iPhone 5

by on April 8th, 2011

Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, accidentally told that his company will be supplying image sensors for Apple‘s iPhone 5. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, Howard Stringer was talking about earthquake damage to 15 of the Sony’s factories in Japan, and mentioned that a camera sensor made in one of those plants is on its way to Apple, and that sensor would be delayed because of the quake and tsunami. That confirms the delay of iPhone 5 launch rumor. It is not clear that Sony is building an 8-megapixel image sensor that will go into the iPhone 5, but since Sony is currently not manufacturing any image sensors for Apple, this confirmed that Sony plans to supply components of the iPhone 5.

However it is clear that in the iPhone 5, Apple will no longer be using OmniVision 5-megapixel image sensors currently inside the iPhone 4.

Because Stringer was talking about the irony of supplying the company’s best camera to Apple, we can only surmise that he was talking about an 8-megapixel sensor in iPhone. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Early on, he raised the irony of Sony supplying camera components for Apple devices. It “always puzzles me,” he said. “Why would I make Apple the best camera?” It is unclear what devices he was talking about as Sony isn’t known to supply key camera components, known as image sensors, to Apple; A Sony spokeswoman declined to comment and an Apple spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment.