A couple of months ago Sony leaked that they are supplying camera sensors to Apple, since then it has been assumed that the Apple iPhone 5 will come equipped with a high end 8MP camera. A new rumour has now emerged about the iPhone 5 camera flash, which if correct would mean a dual-led flash on the rear of Apple’s new flagship phone.
The news comes from Apple Insider, a Taiwanese source has revealed that Apple are sourcing both camera components and led flash parts from new suppliers which currently both come from Philips. IT Pro portal posted a link from Apple.pro which seemed to support this theory, on the site a photo seems to show a new type of camera sensor which does not have a flash built-in.
The general feeling is Apple will opt for a dual-flash, with two LED units situated a few mm apart on the rear of the iPhone 5. This has been a new feature of a number of compact cameras and is designed to give a wider coverage of light.
Adding more components to the iPhone 5 will mean an additional cost to Apple, currently the iPhone 4 camera unit costs $10 per piece. The new dual-flash unit will cost an extra $2, which doesn’t sound like much but soon mounts up when they start purchasing millions of them (we guess a discount will be applied though).
Apple likes to offer new things, and by adding a new type of camera flash it would give them the edge over competitors. In a market which is constantly changing this is important, as having something unique for a few weeks or months can mean you own the market as other play catch up.
Do you think Apple needs to improve the iPhone 5’s camera and flash?