The iPhone 5′s camera is powered by a Sony sensor.
A close look by ChipWorks confirms that a Sony sensor is utilized by the iPhone 5 for its main camera.
The Sony brand name is depicted on the 8-megapixel sensor within the core of the camera.
Click on the image below to see its full resolution.
It’s not a big surprise: Sony is very competitive with image sensors these days, and former Sony CEO Howard Stringer let slip earlier this year that Sony was supplying camera technology to Apple.
But the iPhone 5 has two cameras, of course. The lesser one, a front-facing camera for videoconferencing software such as Microsoft’s Skype or Apple’s Facetime, uses a sensor from Sony competitor Omnivision, ChipWorks found.