iPhone 5 likely to pack Sony image sensor

Leaks come in all shapes and sizes. This is a fairly big one, let slip by Sony CEO Howard Stringer and concerning the new camera on the new iPhone. At least, that's what is being made of some words at a recent press event.

According to 9 to 5 Mac, the Sony chief confirmed that the Sony camera image sensor facility in Sendai was affected by the recent tsunami and earthquake. What's that got to do with Apple? Well, according to the site, his word, roughly paraphrased, were: '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?'

Now currently, Sony doesn't make sensors for Apple, they're currently made by OmniVision. So if you want to do the 2+2 thing, you can work out that the new iPhone 5 will use them. It could well be a factor in that phone being delayed. As we reported yesterday, it looks like new hardware is now delayed until the autumn. The specific sensor is believed to be the 8-megapixel Exmor R camera sensor, which is backlit, helping it cope with low light situations.

So good news on the camera front, but more fuel to the fire of the potential iPhone delay rumours. Still, just think of those lovely autumnal shots of trees you can shoot when it does arrive.

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