As Engadget reports, OmniVision Technologies, Apple’s supplier of CMOS sensors for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, has unveiled a 5MP camera sensor that is capable of recording 1080p video. The sensor, named OV5690, is thin enough to fit in the iPod touch and iPad — unlike the current 5MP OmniVision CMOS sensor which will only fit in the iPhone 4s body.
The OV5690 sensor would be a huge boon to the iPad and iPod touch, whose cameras are currently capped at less than 1 MP and shoot video in 720p. As for the next iPhone, the OV5690 sensor would definitely fit in it, but that would mean the iPhone’s camera resolution would be limited to 5MP — the current resolution of the iPhone 4. There have been plenty of rumors floating around that the next iPhone will sport at least an 8MP camera. But if Apple wanted to go more than 8MP and offer users the ability to shoot in 1080p they could, as MacStories notes. In January OmniVision introduced a 10MP camera sensor that shoots in 1080p and would fit in the iPhone 4s body.
Original Post: TUAW