Heard of OmniVision before? No? Well, you had better start getting used to it since it is the company which has just picked up the tab to produce 90% of the next generation iPhone’s 8-megapixel camera. Their CMOS-based sensor will clearly beat out Sony’s contribution which comprises of the remaining 10%, and this would mean OmniVision will be giving its wafer production line a boost of 40% between spring and summer in order to meet the demand.
OmniVision and Sony do own 8-megapixel, backside-illuminated cameras which come in handy in capturing great looking images even in low light conditions, and will most probably be interchangeable where Apple is concerned. Would be interesting to see whether their performance are alike, or will there be some sort of difference which you can tell from the naked eye alone.
If there is a summer production ramp up, then it would mean a September launch for the next generation iPhone ring truer than ever, never mind that it still remains as a rumor currently.