iPhone 5 release date, specs rumors 23-26 January: summer launch, 4-inch display and others

Sony’s 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor could help make iPhone 5 thinner

Sony claims its “next-generation” back-illuminated CMOS image sensor “embodies the continuous evolution of the camera.”

Two new eight and 13-megapixel sensors equipped with a “unique RGBW Coding” function that allow a higher image and noise quality have been released by Sony.

This new design seems perfect for thin devices that need to work properly both in and outdoors, and the iPhone is a perfect example in this sense.

Given that Apple’s next iPhone is believed to be thinner and lighter, many assume Apple will redesign the camera system.

Fortunately, Sony’s brand-new CMOS image sensor seems to be the perfect match for the future iPhone 5.

Steve Jobs wanted Lytro’s camera tech in the next iPhone

According to Adam Lashinsky’s new book, Inside Apple, Steve Jobs discussed with Ren Ng, CEO of a company specializing in photography called Lytro, shortly before his death on a partnership with the manufacturer.

The Lytro Light Field Camera has the advantage of being able to adjust its focus and clarity thanks to its multiple lenses, together with a structured grid. Its system of lenses allows it to capture vast fields of light from multiple angles.

But the biggest attraction of Lytro technology is the ability to snap a picture and then adjust the focus.

Lytro is also working on a sensor that aims to capture an image instantly – Apple has optimized the camera of the iPhone 4S so it is particularly fast, but this technology would allow the user to take shots almost on the moment.

Features of Lytro’s camera tech

An important advantage of the technology offered by Lytro is that the images captured with the camera can be edited later on the computer and there the user will be able to focus on the person or the object. The photos are also never blurred.

Tech site computerworld.com has come up with a list of the most interesting features the Lytro camera includes. These are:

– Since it is a “light field” camera, Lytro can record the amount of light traveling in every direction through every point in space.

– It eliminates the delay needed when taking digital photios because the focusing takes place after clicking the shutter.

– The focal point can be edited between 3.5 inches to infinity.

– It features an 8x zoom lens.

– Lytro allows users to adjust the focus of their photos after the picture has been taken.

– The camera is built from a multitude of micro lenses that fracture the image into thousands of light particles and then unite the data in a single picture.

Apple sales double over the holidays thanks to iPhone and iPad

In the last three months of 2011, the company’s profit reached 13.06 billion dollars, double than the previous year.

At the same time, the tech giant said Tuesday that its sales soared 73% to 46.33 billion dollars, while analysts expected about 39 billion. The results were boosted by Apple’s strong sales of iPhone and iPad during the holiday season.

37 million iPhones were sold over the holidays, summing up 183 million devices snapped by customers since 2007, the year the products hit the market.

In addition, Apple sold 5.2 million Macs in the last quarter, an increase of 26% over the same period last year. As for the iPad, 15.4 million were sold (an increase of 111%) to 15.4 million buyers. Sales of the iPod fell 21% to 15.4 million.

iPhone 5 with 4-inch display to be launched this summer

According to an anonymous source at the China-based supplier Foxconn cited by 9to5Mac, a handful of sample devices for the next iPhone are “floating around,” and based on Apple’s previous production scheduling, we should expect a summer release date.

The tech blog also mentions that the iPhone 5 could incorporate a 4-inch screen (one of which is supposedly manufactured by LG) and a “longer/wider” form factor.

The source says there are a few variations between each model but that none of these devices is absolutely final in its build.

The insider also shared that the iPhone 5 could be launched during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference set for this summer.