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  • Sony CEO Suggests iPhone 5 May Sport 8MP Camera


    Howard Stringer, the CEO of Sony (pictured above), has dropped an iPhone 5 bombshell. During a freshly published interview with the Sony chief, Stringer reportedly had a slip of the tongue and "accidentally" revealed that Apple's 5th generation iPhone may pack the most impressive camera to date in the history of the iPhone.

    According to Stringer, the iPhone 5 will likely feature an 8MP camera. More specifically, Stringer reportedly told The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg that the recent Japanese earthquake did some serious damage to a Sony camera sensor plant, which has effectively delayed shipments of the senors to the Cupertino, California-based company.

    The same report adds that Sony's eight-megapixel sensor - which, incidentally, can also be found on Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo - is likely the sensor that Stringer is referring to. Until now, OmniVision had been the exclusive provider of the 5-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4. If Apple has made the switch to Sony, it's to bestow upon the iPhone 5 a better quality camera.

    Last year, rumors briefly surfaced that Apple would be turning to Sony in some capacity ahead of the iPhone 5's production. But as no evidence of a relationship subsequently surfaced, the rumors quickly faded away. Of course, now that Sony's CEO has confirmed the relationship, it's safe to say this is one rumor-turned-reality that we're bound to hear a lot more about in the coming weeks.

    Source: Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony CEO Suggests iPhone 5 May Sport 8MP Camera started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 66 Comments
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      Front camera is a must. They can't leave us with the lame one we are dying with.

      8 megapixel front camera.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Why do you want a better front camera? It is only used for facetime and it's the network that can't cope with more traffic. When 4G is widely available it will make sense but until then I don't think anyone would thank them if they put an 8Mp camera on that couldn't be used!
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Why do you want a better front camera? It is only used for facetime and it's the network that can't cope with more traffic. When 4G is widely available it will make sense but until then I don't think anyone would thank them if they put an 8Mp camera on that couldn't be used!
      I'm pretty sure many people use their front camera to take pictures >_> I know I do
    1. sungod661's Avatar
      sungod661 -
      Whatever upgrade they do the camera will be welcomed because the current camera sucks!

      Quite possibly the worst 5mp camera i have ever seen
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sungod661 View Post
      Whatever upgrade they do the camera will be welcomed because the current camera sucks!

      Quite possibly the worst 5mp camera i have ever seen
      (using the voice of Dr. Evil) Rrrriightt.

      Come on man. Ur kidding right? iPhone 4 takes amazing pictures and video. What issues do you have with it?
    1. EdmundGerber's Avatar
      EdmundGerber -
      Sony is the worst run company in the world these days
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      My biggest concern is that Sony have got all of GeoHotz twitter and IRC records. If all they were interested in was his PS3 stuff it wouldn't be a problem, but now they are working with Apple they have access to conversations which should not be available to Apple. This is a major conflict of interest and could be very damaging to the JB community.
      The judge that allowed Sony access to records that have nothing to do with them has a lot to answer for!
      From my experience with computer forensics, everything has to go through an independant third party to assure what is given to sony is relevant. From what I've read, this is definitely the case with his impounded drives. I would assume the same would apply with twitter and IRC, but I haven't ever had to deal with that. Just hard drives in my case. The last one I dealt with involved deleted files, and the party suing certainly did not get a copy of the drives. Only deleted files that would directly apply to the case. As far as I know, if sony were to give anything to Apple obtained from Geohot, he'd certainly have a slam dunk lawsuit against sony.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      LOL So I guess all the Sony "boycotters" won't be buying the next iPhone
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Samsung Galaxy S II hardware = iPhone V hardware
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      LOL So I guess all the Sony "boycotters" won't be buying the next iPhone
      While I WILL be buying a 5 to replace my 3gs, I certainly won't be buying a ps4 to replace my PS3. Not because I am boycotting all sony products, but because I don't agree with sony's business model in regards to the PS3. I don't appreciate having features removed by updates. Nor do I agree with their lawsuit against Geohot. It would be fair to say that since SCEA thinks they have the jurisdiction here, I'm boycotting SCEA products. Which the camera that would go in an iPhone 5 certainly does not fit in.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Why do you want a better front camera? It is only used for facetime and it's the network that can't cope with more traffic. When 4G is widely available it will make sense but until then I don't think anyone would thank them if they put an 8Mp camera on that couldn't be used!
      I know a lot of ppl that use the front facing camera. I don't think it needs to be 8MP but any sort of upgrade is better than the VGA we've got now.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Strange, I've never used the front camera except for the one time I made a facetime call.

      I guess I'm just a freak!
    1. mumble09's Avatar
      mumble09 -
      Unless the iPhone 5 has a new design the specs upgraded like camera and stuff won't be much of something to look forward too
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      I would maybe like the back camera improved a little bit, but I think the front-facing camera needs to be HD. 1080p for BOTH cameras would also be great!
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      F~CK SONY!!!

      Go Geo

      jB 4 life
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I'll take a 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP on the front please Regardless if this rumor is true of not the iPhone 5 will dominate!
      Hahaha. Why on Earth would you need something that big on the front? Part of the reason Facetime operates so smoothly (for the most part) is the lower image quality on the front camera. 2MP MAX, and don't even expect to see that. I'm not counting on it even being upgraded at all.

      The only reason they would even need an 8mp camera is to appeal to the morons that think it actually makes a difference.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I had a HTC evo4g for about a week and it had a 8 mp camera. The photos I took were absolute garbage. My friends iPhone 4 takes better pictures, hell I think my iPhone 3GS takes better pictures.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I'd prefer if an optical zoom could be added...
    1. Nielsenius's Avatar
      Nielsenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I'd prefer if an optical zoom could be added...
      YES! This is what the next iPhone needs. Digital zoom is some crap.

      On a different note, why is the Sony CEO commenting on the next generation of iPhone? Shouldn't he be more worried about getting his company out of the gutter? Honestly, Sony has fallen behind these days.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      lol at all you megapixel junkies. You do realize that The iphone 4 takes nicer pics than phone cameras with twice the MP? It all in the lens, suckers.