Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer recently spoke with Walt Mossberg in a very special interview, detailing both the problems of Sony with the recent quake and tsunami in Japan and their future plans. Stringer said that the camera image sensor facility in Sendai was damaged by the cataclysm last month and even mentioned Apple as one of the customers.


Strangely enough, right now Sony doesn’t make sensors for Apple, so Stringer could have let the cat out of the bag, since it was already rumored that the Cupertino giant was thinking about giving up the OmniVision partnership for the iPhone 5. This company has been supplying camera sensors for the past iPhone units, but Apple could choose Sony for its new devices.

Back in April 2010 there was a rumor saying that the fifth gen iPhone would use an 8 megapixel camera made by Sony, a piece of info that was spotted later on. The 8MP Exmor R sensor on the Xperia Arc seems to be the favorite for this, if the data is real. Could Sony also be making cameras for the iPad and future iPads, too?

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