Sony sensor will help Apple release skinny iPhone 5

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We recently brought you the news that a new Apple patent could allow the company to have batteries of different shapes and sizes in their next smartphone and iPad. Now a new Sony camera sensor will help Apple release a skinny iPhone 5.

The company has just announced three new back illuminated stacked CMOS image sensors, which according to an article on Cnet are perfect for bright and low-light conditions. The new sensors are not only more compact, they are less demanding on power and will come in both eight and thirteen megapixel versions.

One of the stand-out new features of the sensors is the new High Dynamic Range and RGBW Coding abilities, which are fixed directly on to the units. The current iPhone 4S has a Sony eight megapixel sensor, and there is a good chance these new sensors will find their way into the iPhone 5.

The RGB acronym stands for red-green-blue, while the new sensor adds white pixels to this that improves the units light sensitivity. With these installed future smartphones will have no problems when shooting images in low light conditions. RGBW coding also means that no changes are needed to the signal processing to support the technology.

The HDR movie mode will stop that washed out effect with current devices when shooting against bright light, as well as over shadowing in darker areas. Sony has revealed that shipments of the sensors will begin in March, with the HDR/RGBW version shipping in June. This would fall in line with the expected fall release of the iPhone 5.

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