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OmniVision tapped as supplier for next-gen iPad's camera

updated 11:55 am EDT, Fri October 29, 2010

Report argues for front- and rear-facing cameras

OmniVision has been picked to supply CMOS image sensors for the next-generation iPad, expected to launch in the first quarter of next year, claims research firm Detweiler Fenton. OmniVision specializes in CMOS technology, and has supplied equipment for Apple in the past, including the sensors in iPhones like the iPhone 4. Recent rumors hinted that some of the company's Apple business might be going to Sony instead.

Detweiler argues that the next iPad will have not one but two cameras: one with a 5 megapixel sensor, and another limited to VGA resolution, likely meant for FaceTime video calling. FaceTime was introduced with the iPhone 4, but is already on the Mac and the fourth-generation iPod touch. Space for a forward-facing camera was discovered early into the iPad's life.

A Detweiler memo forecasts that Apple will build 2.5 million iPads in Q1 2011, helping OmniVision out with an incremental 5 million units of demand. Zooming out to OmniVision's business as a whole, it's thought that if 23 million iPhones are built in Q1, Apple could represent almost a third of OmniVision's chip business, and most of the latter's shipments of 5 megapixel sensors. The iPhone figure assumes 6 million Verizon iPhones.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Purchased on hold

    This is the reason my iPad purchase is on hold. I thought about buying one and then just flipping it for the newer model, but I decided to either get the white Macbook (refurb) as a beater laptop or splurge a bit more and get the low-end Macbook Air.

  1. facebook_Jeff

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    Joined: Nov 2010


    Patience pays off....

    I'm glad I resisted the urge to jump on the bandwagon with the iPad. Still continue to resist to just go ahead and buy one. Q1 can't come soon enough! lol

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