Anonymously-sourced rumors from Asian trade publications should be taken with, like, four grains of salt, and this is no exception: Digitimes reports that OmniVision has received orders for 3.2-megapixel CMOS sensors, for a new iPhone.
OmniVision, a known quantity in the industry, beat out Apple’s current CMOS supplier, Aptina, for the contract. But the reporting one this is extremely brief and spares us virtually any details. One gets the feeling that this particular rumor was held to a lower evidentiary standard than, say, a rumor about an Apple tablet, because it’s just so plausible—most of us would be surprised if the next iPhone doesn’t boost its camera resolution to 3.2 megapixels or beyond.
Oh, and there’s the throwaway secondary rumor attached to this whole thing too: Apple has apparently also ordered a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor for “another product” set to be launched this year. Despite being able to fully ascertain that the 3.2MP sensor is meant for the “next-gen iPhone”, Digitimes’ source evidently couldn’t tell them what the other sensor is for. Hence the salt. Digitimes via iPhoneBuzz