An off-the-cuff remark from the CEO of Sony seems to indicate that Apple’s next-generation smartphone will include one of Sony’s 8 megapixel cameras when it debuts later this year.
CEO Howard Stringer was being interviewed by Walt Mossberg from the The Wall Street Journal when he said that the earthquake in Japan is going to delay shipments from Sony’s image sensor factory in Sendai to device makers like Apple.
This should raise a few eyebrows because at this time, Apple doesn’t use Sony image sensors. However, there have been unconfirmed reports in the past that this is going to change.
If the iPhone 5 does include a camera made by Sony, the best candidate is the Exmor R, which has an 8-megapixel resolution. The current iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera.
Among the most persistent of these is that it will have a larger display, though the screen resolution and size of the overall device are supposedly not going to change.
Most sources agree that this model is going to run iOS 5 on the Apple A5 1 GHz dual-core processor, which is debuting recently in the iPad 2.
It might include NFC (Near Field Communications), which would allow the device to be used to make purchases at specially-equipped stores.
Most people are expecting the Apple iPhone 5 to debut on June 6, the first day of this company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). However, an unconfirmed report indicates that this smartphone has been delayed until the fall.