The boffins at iFixit have uncovered yet another Sony sensor inside the latest iPhone.
What differentiates the 8-megapixel unit from that found on the iPhone 5 is the larger pixel pitch. Jim Morrison from Chipworks is quoted by iFixit, stating that: "the DNL markings are consistent with the markings on the camera modules housing the Sony IMX145 we saw in the iPhone 4s and on the iPhone 5. The marks on the side of the module are different, but our industry insiders tell us this is Sony's again."
Unlike the module found in the iPhone 5, though, the iPhone 5s uses an Apple-designed lens. iFixit did not reveal any clues as to who manufactured the lens.
Sony is very good at releasing more technical information and whitepapers on its sensors, so hopefully soon, its semiconductor site will be updated with more specs on the new sensor.
Last year, a teardown by Chipworks revealed a Sony logo stamped on the sensor of the iPhone 5. The front camera was sourced from Omnivision, a company that has produced the image sensors for a range of smartphones, most recently the 10.5-megapixel unit found in the Moto X.
Chipworks has also confirmed that the iPhone 5s' A7 processor is manufactured by Samsung.