In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Sony"s CEO Sir Howard Stringer said that his company is manufacturing camera sensors to Apple. He revealed that the Sony's camera sensor factories in Sendai was damaged in Japan's earthquake and tsunami and it may delay shipments of sensors to Apple.
Currently, iPhone 4 offers a 5 megapixel camera at rear and a VGA camera at front. But, the recently launched smartphones like Nokia E7, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, HTC Incredible S have 8 megapixel camera. It seems like Apple is planning to ditch OmniVision, the company currently producing the 5-megapixel sensor on the iPhone 4, for Sony.
The rumors on iPhone 5 started back in 2010. Some of the industry experts opinionated that the new smartphone will be unveiled with iPad 2, but Apple stayed away from the rumors. Most of the market analysts suggest that the iPhone 5 will offer the latest Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that helps users to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter.