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The new iPhone 5 which is tipped for release later this year, may have a brand new 8 megapixel camera made by Sony.

The new iPhone 5 which is tipped for release clater this year may have a brand new 8 megapixel camera made by Sony.

On Friday Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer let slip that a factory damaged in the recent earthquake, was making components for the new Apple iPhone 5.

He said that  that the company’s camera sensor plant in Sendai had seen hit by the Japanese earthquake and that shipments of sensors to Apple would be delayed. Apple has so far only sourced cameras from OmniVision, suggesting that Sony was shipping for a future model.

Electronista said that the same February rumor attaching an eight-megapixel sensor to the iPhone 5 had Sony taking over from OmniVision after possible chip yield issues prevented the sensor from arriving on time. Sony’s current eight-megapixel sensor from phones like the Xperia Neo may be an ideal fit as it has a CMOS sensor suited to low light with little noise. Apple has often insisted on overall quality over megapixel count and would get its needs met while still seeing a sensor upgrade.

A delay may help talk of the iPhone 5 missing WWDC. Although most have blamed the delay on iOS 5, it may also help Sony get enough sensors to Apple to accommodate demand.

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