Apple iPhone 5 Could Include 8MP Camera: Sony CEO

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 NFC-related patents.

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