News tagged ‘OmniVision’
Following the iFixit’s dismantiling of an iPad 3, Chipworks has
Omnivision Technologies, longtime supplier of camera sensors for iOS devices, has
Apple has reportedly reduced orders of LED flash components manufactured by Phillips. A person familiar with the company's supply chain claims that it may be a sign that Apple is planning to shift to a new LED camera flash module from a different manufacturer in the next-generation iPhone. The new supplier is rumoured to be a firm based in Taiwan, though information is unconfirmed.
LED flash first was implemented in last year iPhone 4. In May appeared rumours related to the iPhone 5 that suppose that the LED camera flash would be moved to the right on the rear side of the device. Perhaps, separating of camera lens and flash will lead to improvement of picture quality and reduce of red-eye effect. The next-generation iPhone’s camera could sport the OmniVision’s 8-megapixel camera sensor.
DigiTimes claimed that the new iPhone 4S would contain an 8 MP camera from OmniVision Technologies, and to some degree it makes sense. Sony’s CEO in April made a fleeting comment suggesting that it would be supplying Apple with an 8MP camera for the next iPhone.
OmniVision introduced a new 5MP image sensor, the OV5690, that was developed to produce the “best-in-class image quality” whilst being an effective solution for slimmer mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers by reducing the size of the camera module. With contradicting reports on whether the next iPhone will contain a 5 MP camera or an 8 MP camera, this new product certainly lends weight to the suggestion that it could have a 5 MP camera.
An investment firm Detwiler Fenton & Co. claimed today in its note on Barron's that OmniVision will be the supplier of CMOS image sensors for the next-gen iPad. That means the next iPad will have a forward-facing camera to support FaceTime feature.
Moreover, it is said in the note that Omnivision will also supply another 5MP camera which will be allegedly placed on the rear side of the iPad. OmniVision is an existing Apple's partner which currently supplies sensors for iPhone.
And now we have another leak from Vietnam. Tinhte.vn resource revealed few photos and video of the iPod Touch with camera which must be a next-gen Apple device. As you see from the photos below there is a "DVT-1" stamp on the back of the iPod that means it is a first design verification test unit so it may not be the final look of the upcoming iPod touch. Device's serial number reveals it's a late 2009 iPod touch 3G; also it looks pretty like the eBay prototype we talked about before.
The video reveals the device has 64 Gb and 2 megapixel camera produced by Omnivision and runs diagnostic utility.
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According to the report revealed by Chosun resource 5MP camera sensors for iPhone 4G will be supplied by LG Innotek.
"The electronics component maker began producing the sophisticated cameras at its plant in Gumi this month and will mass produce them starting in the second half of this year."
So the rumors about OmniVision going to supply cameras for a new generation of iPhones that appeared in December 2009 are incorrect.
iPhone 4G is expected to have not only 5.0-megapixels capera, but also a camera flash (probably based on Philips' LUXEON LED techonogy). The functions for flash are already implemented in iPhone OS 4.0.
Unfortunately there is no flash on the iPhone's camera. The picture quality and the resulting video are really good, but when it's dark you just do not see anything on photos. According to rumors, in fact, Apple is looking to buy from a specialized manufacturer a large amount of LED flash to be mounted close to the camera probably in the next version of iPhone.
These Items, according to a company in Amsterdam, are usually combined with 5 megapixel sensors. Hopefully we will soon see a new version of iPhone with 5-megapixel camera and LED flash.
OmniVision Technologies is the current manufacturer of the iPhone 3GS 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor. Digitimes sources are claiming that OmniVision won a new contract with Apple to provide new sensors for the next-generation iPhone (iPhone 4G?). The new CMOS image sensors are 5 megapixels. The orders are expected to be increased too, from 20-21 million estimated this year, to 40 to 45 million CMOS for the 2010.
Ontrade China shows a new back cover of the fourth generation of the iPhone. Might be fake, so take it as rumors.
Obviously we can not know if the image is real. Analyzing the image we can see that the camera is much largerб ьшпре иу 5MP camera from OmniVision. The entire cover is very thin and easy to remove. It's available from today at $23.
This is a list of component suppliers for the next-generation iPhone that is rumored to arrive in mid 2009. The component list isn't particularly revealing except it reinforces the rumor that Apple will be using a 3.2 megapixel camera from OmniVision in the next generation iPhone. The current iPhone uses a 2 megapixel camera. The suppliers will begin shipping in May and the first batch is estimated at around 5 million units.