Sony to be possible 8MP camera supplier for iPhone 5

Sony’s CEO Sir Howard Stringer let slip some juicy info regarding Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5 during a recent New York speaking event. Apple has been rumored to be looking for a new camera module supplier for some time, and now it looks as though Sony may be the forerunner for the job. Stringer mentioned that Sony’s image sensor facility in Sendai was impacted by the recent catastrophe in Japan. He then went on to say that this would likely impact the timeliness of sensor shipments to partner companies, using Apple as an example of Sony’s Partners. Sony does not supply camera modules for any current Apple products. Should Sony in fact be supplying image sensors for Apple’s iPhone 5, the sensor in question is likely Sony’s new 8-megapixel Exmor R, which can be found in newer Sony Ericsson devices like the Xperia arc and Xperia neo.