Walt Mossberg recently interviewed Sony CEO Howard Stinger at the JapanNYC festival, wherein Stinger revealed that camera sensor shipments from his company to Apple had been delayed due to the recent, devastating earthquake in Japan. What makes this report funny however, is that Apple, to the public’s knowledge, only uses OmniVision sensors in their currently shipping products.
Here’s an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:
Early on, he raised the irony of Sony supplying camera components for Apple devices. It “always puzzles me,” he said. “Why would I make Apple the best camera?”
It is unclear what devices he was talking about as Sony isn’t known to supply key camera components, known as image sensors, to Apple; A Sony spokeswoman declined to comment and an Apple spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment.
So, if no known Apple products contain Sony camera sensors, he must be referring to an as-of-yet unreleased product. By extrapolation one could guess that it’s the next-generation iPhone. This could also neatly explain why there no new hardware at WWDC this year. The new iPhone could be delayed due to the lack of these sensors. Anyway, an old report which claimed Apple would be using 8-MegaPixel Sony sensors, also correctly predicted the usage of 5-MegaPixel OmniVision sensors in the iPhone 4.