April 4, 2011 at 1:13 PM ET
As the summer gets closer, iPhone rumors get louder and louder. There might be something to the latest one though: Sony CEO Howard Stringer may have let it slip that the iPhone 5 could have an 8-megapixel camera.
Business Insider reports that Stringer recently explained that the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami would affect Sony's ability to supply a camera sensor to Apple.
Here's why that little tidbit may be quite revealing, as explained by Gizmodo's Jack Loftus:
Thing is, Sony does not currently ship sensor parts for the iPhone, leading rumor sleuths to deduce the CEO was talking about a future device. If true, this would mean Apple is dumping the OmniVision 5- and 3.2-megapixel cameras currently seated in their iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS devices, and onto Sony's 8MP sensors. Sony is also rumored to be in the running for an OmniVision takeover, so there's that as well. So many moving parts!
Of course, it's worth noting that even if this rumor is true, it doesn't mean that we'd see Sony branded iPhones or some such silliness:
Sony currently manufacturers a number image sensors for other companies, including Nikon. There's no reason to think the iPhone 5 would be Sony branded or branded in any way that's different from previous Apple hardware.