Rumor: 40-45 million iPhones in 2010

December 23, 2009: 7:04 AM ET

A Taiwanese supplier reports that Apple has doubled its order for iPhone image sensors

Camera app icon. Image: Apple Inc.

OmniVision Technologies (OVTI), which makes the 3.2 megapixel image sensors in Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 3GS, is expecting orders for its iPhone chips to grow to 40-45 million in calendar 2010, up from 20-21 million in 2009.

This according to a report Wednesday in DigiTimes, a Taipei-based daily newspaper that covers -- with uneven results -- every hiccup in the Taiwanese and greater Chinese electronics industry.

The report describes a next-generation iPhone with a 5 megapixel camera scheduled to appear in Apple Stores in the second half of the year.


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