The next iPhone could have a 5 Mega pixel digital camera integrated
December 24th, 2009 - 10:10 am ET by C. D.
Supplier contracts with phone manufacturers can sometimes provide clues as to what future models may be in development. Omnivision Technologies, a specialist in mobile digital cameras, has indirectly provided clues about the next iPhone.
While it appears more and more likely that the next iPhone (the fourth generation) will be officially unveiled at the next WWDC show in summer 2010 (is this really very surprising?), information from Taiwanese suppliers has provided a few clues to Apple’s strategy and the characteristics of the future hand set.
The information comes from OmniVision Technologies, a specialist in mobile camera’s, and the same supplier who provided Apple with the iPhone 3Gs’ 3.2 mega pixel lens after having beaten out Aptina Imaging (the provider of the iPhone 3G 2 mega pixel lenses) for the contract.
40 million units ordered on a 5 mega pixel lens contract OmniVision Technologies is awaiting an order from Apple for 40 to 45 million CMOS lens in 2010, as compared to about 20 million this year: numbers that confirm Apple’s market presence will be even greater in the Smartphone’s segment next year.
Besides this, other Asian sources point out that OmniVision has won a contract for 5 mega pixel CMOS lenses which will be implemented into the next generation iPhone planned for release in the second half of 2010.
Taking into account the orders linked to iPod’s, OmniVision should deliver approximately 65 million digital camera lenses to Apple next year. OmniVision should start production of the units in the first quarter of 2010 according to TSMC, which would be coherent with the launch of the iPhone 4 in the middle of next year.