Speaking in an interview with Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, Sony CEO Howard Stringer made several comments that suggest the company will be supplying the image sensor for the iPhone 5. CNN reports that Stinger was discussing earthquake damage to Sony’s factories in Japan, and off-handedly said that a camera sensor made in one of those plants is being adopted by Apple, while adding that the sensor would be delayed due to the damage caused during the disaster. It “always puzzles me,” said Stringer. “Why would I make Apple the best camera?” As Sony is not known to produce any cameras used in current-generation Apple products, it stands to reason that the sensors in question are meant for a future product. The report states that since Stringer mentioned the company’s best camera, it is likely an eight-megapixel unit; it also cites an analyst report from February that suggested OmniVision might lose out on supplying cameras for the iPhone 5, as their eight-megapixel sensor wouldn’t have been ready for the iPhone 5’s rumored mid-summer launch.
Apple has started to air its first TV advertisement devoted to the iPad 2. Entitled “We Believe,” the commercial shows the iPad 2 being used for a variety of apps in front of a black background, while a narrator states, “This is what we believe. Technology alone is not enough. Faster, thinner, lighter: those are all good things. But when technology gets out of the way, everything becomes more delightful. Even magical. That’s when you leap forward. That’s when you end up with something… like this.” The ad is available for viewing now on Apple’s website.
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iLounge is pleased to announce the Bluelounge Nest Giveaway. In our second Giveaway for the month of April, iLounge and Bluelounge are giving away fifty Nest iPad stands and valets. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on April 30, 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
A quick check of Apple’s online store suggests the company is quickly selling through its remaining stock of clearance and refurbished first-generation iPad units. Among the new, clearance-priced stock, the company is completely out of Wi-Fi only units, although it does show stock of all three capacities of Wi-Fi + 3G models. Apple also appears to be out of refurbished 16GB Wi-Fi units; Boy Genius Report suggests that the company’s stock of all remaining units is believed to be “extremely low.” Apple’s refurbished first-generation iPads are priced from $429 and up, while its clearance stock of 3G units starts at $529.
iLounge is pleased to announce the CEA Tech Enthusiast Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for April, iLounge and the Consumer Electronics Association are giving away five free annual memberships to become a CEA Tech Enthusiast. Tech Enthusiast Members receive exclusive benefits from CEA, including access to an exclusive members only website, online discounts, beta testing opportunities, insider information, and more. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on April 30, 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Apple has quietly dropped prices across its iPod lines in Australia. The iPod shuffle has dropped $4 to $65, the 8GB iPod nano has dropped $20, to $179, while the 16GB model has seen a $10 price reduction, to $219. Finally, the iPod touch has seen a $30 price decrease on the 8GB model, a $29 decrease on 32GB units, and a $50 decrease on the 64GB model, bringing the prices to $259, $349, and $449, respectively. All prices mentioned above are in Australian dollars.
Update: SetteB.IT notes that Apple has also dropped the price of the iPod classic, from AUD$329 to AUD$299.