Next generation iPhone to have 5MP camera, says rumor

December 23, 2009

From the Silicon Isle comes news that Apple’s next-generation smartphone, assuming it somehow manages to survive the Android onslaught (shnork!), will come to market with a higher resolution 5MP camera image sensor (CIS) module inside.

Quoting unnamed industry sources, the oft ill informed DigiTimes reports that OmniVision Technologies will be supplying 5 megapixel camera modules for the fourth generation iPhone, which the write up goes on to state will ship sometime in the second half of 2010. Thereupon, assuming Apple sticks to form, we can expect the happy day to fall in the first half of July.

Also of note, OmniVision says it anticipates iPhone related CIS orders could hit 45 million, up from about 21 million this year — the company makes the 3.2MP modules used in the iPhone 3GS. Production is expected to begin early next quarter.

Lastly, the current $99 iPhone 3G uses a 2MP module made by Xintec.

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