Apple's iPhone 5 could include an 8 megapixel camera built by Sony, as possibly suggested by comments made by Sony CEO Howard Stringer.
Apple's next iPhone could include an 8-megapixel camera
manufactured by Sony. At least, that's the conjecture flying around the Web,
after Sony CEO Howard Stringer suggested his company is manufacturing
components for its rival.
"Why should I make Apple the best camera?" Stringer
asked the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg
during an April 1 talk at
Carnegie Hall, after apparently suggesting that one of Sony's factories built sensors
for Apple's iPhone and iPad
Sony has never been acknowledged as an Apple component maker,
leading to speculation that Sony components will find their way into the next
version of the iPhone and possibly the iPad. As noted by the blog 9to5Mac, that
would dovetail neatly with TheStreet's
report from April 2010
that Apple had picked Sony as a vendor for an
8-megapixel iPhone camera, displacing OmniVision.
In addition to higher-resolution cameras, current rumors
suggest the iPhone 5 could include Apple's A5 proprietary processor, hardware
upgraded to enable 3G FaceTime video conferencing, and NFC (near-field
communication) technology, which could enable the device to act as an
electronic wallet. Over the summer, Apple hired an NFC expert as the new
product manager for mobile commerce, in addition to publishing a number of
An 8-megapixel camera, paired with NFC and other technology,
could allow Apple to compete more heartily against a growing family of
increasingly sophisticated Google Android devices. That being said, speculation
also abounds that Apple will delay the iPhone 5 past the usual summer release
date for its smartphones, to later in 2011.
"Apple's apparent focus on software in its [Worldwide
Developers Conference] announcement backs up what my own sources are saying
about the annual conference," The Loop's Jim Dalrymple wrote in a March
. "That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware
Meanwhile, other sources have suggested to TechCrunch that
the actual release of iOS 5, the next iteration of Apple's mobile software,
could also be delayed until fall. Combined with an iPhone 5 launch in that
period, this would significantly alter Apple's usual habit of previewing and
releasing both smartphone hardware and software in the sprint-to-summer
"The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we
could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this,"
read TechCrunch's March
. "But much of the cloud stuff will be talked about first at WWDC,
Apple's developer event which will take place in June."
In addition to new cloud features, a more powerful camera
could be a compelling selling point for an iPhone seeking to hold onto its
market-share against the aggressions of Android Army.