According to a slip-up by Howard Stringer (a Sony executive), Apple’s next iPhone will contain an 8 MP sensor for the camera. It isn’t a huge surprise, given that many think that the iPhone 5 will just be a spec-bump from the iPhone 4, but the executive goes on to say that the factory that produces these sensors has been damaged by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. This delay in manufacturing could account for the iPhone 5 being delayed until fall or late summer, instead of a WWDC announcement and release.
Here’s the paraphrased version of the statement:
“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?”
Sony does not make the sensors for the iPhone 4, but a report from The Street in April of 2010 accurately predicts the 5 MP sensor on the then-unreleased iPhone 4, but also states that Apple and Sony had reached a deal to ship the iPhone 5 with one of Sony’s 8 MP camera sensors on board. There have also been more recent rumors that Apple was switching to Sony for their camera supply chain.
This could not only mean that the iPhone 5 will be packing a very nice sensor from Sony (who have been developing and producing some of the best cameras and camera phones for years), but could also provide further proof for the recent rumors of the iPhone 5 being delayed.