Report: Apple orders up 40-45 million five-megapixel cameras

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“OmniVision Technologies is expected to see CMOS image sensor (CIS) orders for Apple’s iPhone devices grow to 40-45 million units in 2010 from 20-21 million estimated this year, according to industry sources,” Hans Wu and Jessie Shen report for DigiTimes.

“The sources said OmniVision has secured 5-megapixel CIS orders for the next-generation iPhone model, which will hit shelves sometime during the second half of 2010,” Wu and Shen report. “Including orders for iPods, the sources estimated OmniVision’s total shipments to Apple at around 65 million units in 2009.”

Wu and Shen report, “OmniVision is set to raise its CIS wafer starts at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) around the beginning of first-quarter 2010.”

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  1. im thinking its for the NEW iPhone updates…. iChat 2 way! Video to Video iChat from iPhones and iPod Touches… Duh. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I imagine the Touch will get a camera in 2010 and I would think a video camera would be more appropriate for a tablet, however, those with multiple chins won’t like it one bit.

  3. As was discussed in another thread, recently, there are other factors that are more important than more MegaPixels. A better lens, especially one with at least a minimum ability to focus, is one. BETTER pixels – free of artifacts and noise – is another.
    I’m not suggesting that the next gen iPhone should come equipped with a focusable 3X zoom Leica lens and the CCD from a Nikon DSLR, or that hi-def video be an option, just that the goal be a better picture rather a boost in pixel count.

    Merry-merry, guys.

  4. @breeze,

    What I meant, hastily written, was that I suspect it’s cheap enough to put a lower res camera on the front for ichat (at low res to ensure lower bandwidth use) and a hi res camera on the back for more quality picture taking.

  5. @b:

    and what I meant was that if that was indeed the case, it would be a perfect situation and for a ( possible) desired after market modification/upgrade to the low res camera…

  6. iPod touch needs this camera, desperatly

    I know Steve hates making things any bigger than they are but in this case the camera and gps is imparitive to this devices complete success, at least the cam, gps okay whatever , but good cam plus iPod is the way to go

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