Next iPhone 5 (4S) 8-Megapixel Camera: OmniVision to Supply

The Apple iPhone 5 or 4S (or whatever it will eventually be called) is still the subject of much discussion at the moment. Even though the chances had been very slight of the next iPhone making an appearance at the WWDC keynote yesterday, we know that many of you were disappointed at the no-show. Today’s iPhone news concerns an improved 8-megapixel camera with the sensor suppliers named as OmniVision and also Sony.

We’ve had conflicting reports recently of when the next iPhone will be released, the best bet at the moment seems to be September this year and we’ve also had varying reports of whether there will be an iPhone 4S before the iPhone 5. As a recap for you we recently published a rumor roundup so you may want to check that out at the link for more on all the speculation. Another feature we reported on recently is the likelihood of the iPhone 5 having an improved 8-megapixel camera and a source, DigiTimes, said that possible orders for the new camera lens modules would be going to Largan Precision in the third quarter of 2011, which ties in nicely with a much-speculated fall release for the next iPhone.

News today suggests that the 8-megapixel camera looks to be correct and the sensor supplier will be OmniVision. A report by Christian Zibreg over on 9to5Mac informs us that DigiTimes (there’s that source again) has now reported that OmniVision has got the contract with Apple to supply the 8-megapixel image sensors, assumed to be for the iPhone 5. Apparently around 90% of the camera sensors are to be supplied by OmniVision with Sony supplying the rest.

The DigiTimes report also states that power amplifier supplier Avago Technologies has also gained orders from Apple for the first time for the WCDMA version of the next-generation iPhone. DigiTimes, a Taiwanese newspaper, is often the source of advanced Apple product information but has a mixed record of accuracy although it may reassure many to know that contracts for the next iPhone now seem to being dealt with.

Sam Oliver over on Apple Insider also writes about the latest DigiTimes report and also notes that the signs point to Apple preparing to get ready for production of a new iPhone in the next few months. What are your thoughts on this latest report and do you feel the signs are promising for production of the next iPhone to begin soon? Let us know with your comments.