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Nearly all of the 8-megapixel image sensors in Apple's anticipated fifth-generation iPhone will be supplied by OmniVision, according to a new report.

About 90 percent of CMOS image sensor orders placed by Apple for the fifth-generation iPhone are with OmniVision, according to DigiTimes. The remaining 10 percent of the 8-megapixel sensors will reportedly be supplied by Sony.

The news that Apple is placing orders for components for its next iPhone signals that the company is gearing up to begin production in the coming months. Though the company usually unveils a new iPhone at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday's keynote was a software-centric event.

The news is also a change from March, when reports indicated that Apple was not yet aligning suppliers for its next phone. At the time, it was suggested that a so-called "iPhone 5" could miss Apple's fiscal 2011 year, which concludes at the end of September.

In addition to CMOS image sensor suppliers, Tuesday's report also indicated that Apple has tapped Avago Technologies to build power amplifiers for the WCDMA version of the device. The report made no mention of previous rumors of a dual-mode GSM-CDMA world phone, only mentioning a specific WDCMA (or UMTS/GSM) model.

Avago will reportedly manufacture three of the five power amplifiers used in the next WCDMA iPhone. The remaining two amplifiers are expected to be produced by TriQuint Semiconductor.



Late last month, a rumor surfaced suggesting that Apple would release its fifth-generation iPhone with an 8-megapixel camera and SIM-less design by early August. Numerous reports have stated that the next iPhone will have an external appearance largely similar to the current iPhone 4, characterizing the new model as a relatively minor upgrade.
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Just bring it!
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I would shocked if they could have a 8mp camera that has the same pixel density or better than the current iPhone. I think the camera is going to be worse and the files will be bigger so it will be slower to sync to cloud.

This could be a bad move Apple.
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I would shocked if they could have a 8mp camera that has the same pixel density or better than the current iPhone. I think the camera is going to be worse and the files will be bigger so it will be slower to sync to cloud.

This could be a bad move Apple.

I don't see Apple using an 8Mpx camera just for marketing reasons. I'd expect that they are using this camera because it offers some improved utility over the current model even if the sensor area is the same size as the iPhone 4.
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I don't see Apple using an 8Mpx camera just for marketing reasons. I'd expect that they are using this camera because it offers some improved utility over the current model even if the sensor area is the same size as the iPhone 4.

I hope:
1. Faster speed.
2. Consumes less energy.
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I hope:
1. Faster speed.
2. Consumes less energy.

3. Better low-light images.
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3. Better low-light images.

Yes, I'd love to see an iPhone with a Xenon flash. The LED flash is practically useless.
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3. Better low-light images.

Unlikely to happen with that many pixels on such a small sensor. I guess they could make the sensor bigger but it seems they couldn't even fit the iPhone 4 camera into the iPod touch or the iPad 2 as it stands.

My CMOS DSLR that is a few years old has 8-megapixels, and a sensor that is probably 20 times the size!
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Oh man, I'm hoping for a whole new design!
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Yes, I'd love to see an iPhone with a Xenon flash. The LED flash is practically useless.

You're not one of those guys taking flash pictures in a football stadium and expecting them to look good are you?
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Can't wait for the iPhone 5...you can bet it's gonna rock!
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Forget the iPhone, where's a decent camera for the iPad?
The current version stinks so bad it makes a skunk smell sweet.
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You're not one of those guys taking flash pictures in a football stadium and expecting them to look good are you?

No, just standard indoor photos at a distance of 1-2 metres.
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