iPhone 5 Improved 8MP Camera Rumor: Ties in With Fall Release

We like to keep readers informed with all the latest news and speculation about Apple products and one that’s been drawing attention for some time is the iPhone 5 (or 4S). Now it seems the rumors of a new improved camera for the next iPhone are gaining credence with news today that Largan Precision has been named as the probable supplier for an 8-megapixel camera on the next iPhone.

There has been a lot of speculation about a release date for the iPhone 5, with reports of a delay until later this year, and then today news of a possible June or July launch. However there has also been speculation about an improved camera that has been floating around for some time. We recently told about reports surrounding a redesigned camera and flash and also told how an improved camera is an expected feature for the iPhone 5.

News of Largan Precision being involved in the next iPhone camera came to us from Slash Lane over on Apple Insider who refers to an article in Taiwan newspaper Digitimes. Industry sources have told Digitimes, which often reports on Apple developments, that “possible orders” from Apple to Largan could occur in the third quarter of 2011. That would fit with rumors of an iPhone 5 release in the fall. Not only did Largan supply the 5-megapixel camera lenses in the current iPhone but the company was also appointed as the sole supplier for iPad 2 lenses.

For more on this and to see apparent images of iPhone 5 camera components check out the Apple Insider article at the link above. You may also be interested in another Apple Insider post, this time by Sam Oliver, which looks at a purported iPhone 5 part which indicates the LED flash being moved to the right of the handset away from the lens as in our article of yesterday (linked to earlier).

What are your thoughts on this latest camera speculation for the Apple iPhone 5? We think it will please a lot of people and will bring the iPhone camera up to the standard of camera on other new smartphones being released, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation. It won’t though be the 12-megapixel iPhone camera that was once rumored. Let us know what you think by sending us your comments.