Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer has confirmed that Sony’s upcoming image sensors for would be surely delayed for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. In an interview with Walt Mossberg at Wall Street Journal he has revealed this fact. It is also being rumored that iPhone 5 will be sporting 8 mega pixel camera from Sony.
According to 9to5Mac, Sony CEO Howard Stringer told Walk Mossberg that their camera image sensor facility in Sendia was affected by the tsunami and so getting image sensors to Apple will be delayed. We all know that Sony never supplied any camera components to Apple current products. So, if this is true, then these image sensors are for the unreleased products like iPhone 5 & iPad 3 & future iPodTouch.
Stringer’s discussion of camera production for Apple was confirmed by 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.
This delay could be the reason for Apple not announcing / launching its Next Gen iPhone – iPhone 5 on time. It is expected to be launched early next year.