The fifth-generation iPhone, which is only expected to be released in late summer or early fall 2011, could accommodate an 8-megapixel photo sensor.
Apple intends to align itself with smartphones on the market by offering an 8 Megapixel sensor. To achieve this, the Cupertino company should change partners. OmniVision supplies the 3.2 Megapixel sensors for the iPhone 3GS and 5 Megapixels for the iPhone 4. But this company would be unable to supply an 8 Megapixel sensor in time.
Sony could take over the market for a while to supply these famous sensors which already equip them Sony Xperia Neo and whose CMOS sensor is capable of rendering good images, even in low light situations. In any case, that?s what Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, said during an interview granted Walt Mossberg (and confirms by Wall street journal) concerning the state of Sony's factories, one of which, which produces photo sensors for smartphones, was damaged by the tsunami in the community of Sendai.
This interview having been granted on Friday April 1, one can always think that it is only a hoax, but that could come to corroborate the previous rumors according to which Apple would not be able to distribute the iPhone of fifth generation before the end of summer, early fall 2011.
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