Apple may be preparing to sell up to 45 million iPhones in 2010, according to suppliers. The orders for an upgraded iPhone camera would double those expected for 2009. The news appears to coincide with other reports that Apple may introduce a new iPhone in mid-2010.
“OmniVision Technologies is expected to see CMOS image sensor orders for Apple’s iPhone devices grow to 40-45 million units in 2010,” according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. The orders for a 5-megapixel sensor may be a response to Verizon’s Droid and Google’s Nexus One handsets which both have more sensitive cameras than the iPhone 3GS’ 3.2 megapixel camera. OmniVision supplied the iPhone 3GS 3.2 megapixel image sensor.
The new iPhone will be sold in the second half of 2010, according to the report. Apple may have reserved June 28-July 3rd for a “Corporate Event.” Speculation is the time period will be used for Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference and potentially a product announcement. The date also coincides with the third anniversary of Apple’s unveiling the original iPhone.