If you have been following our blog for the past few days, then you know that we have been getting quite a lot of rumors about Apple's next major handheld offering, the iPhone 5. According to Taiwan-based IT insider, DigiTimes, there have been some rumors that the iPhone 5 will most likely feature a dual-LED flash. The named potential suppliers are Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology, although all of the above companies have denied that they are working on dual-LED flashes for Apple.
The rumors come amid market reports indicating that Apple reduced its orders for Lumileds high-power LED flash products from Philips recently and switched the orders for LED flashes to Taiwan makers.
Everlight and Lite-On have strengthened their deployments in the smartphone market for a while, with their products already being shipped to the supply chains of brand-name handset vendors, said industry sources.
Edison, which is specialized in the production of high-power LEDs, has begun shipping its LED flash products to branded handset vendors and therefore has a high chance of winning dual-LED flash orders from Apple, the sources noted.
Take note that there have been reports that Apple has significantly reduced their orders of LED flash components from Philips for the past months so it is possible that they may order from a different company this for time for the iPhone 5. And according to rumors, the company who will be supplying the LED flash component for the iPhone 5 is based in Taiwan.
And just last month, we showed to you in a report some leaked photos of the supposedly case design of the next iPhone (pictured below).
There have been solid rumors that the iPhone 5 will have an 8 megapixel camera. With the upgraded camera, it only makes sense to upgrade the LED flash as well. Especially considering that dual flashes in now commonplace among many top smartphones from manufacturers such as Nokia and HTC. With a dual-LED flash, you will get better, brighter pictures and reduction in shadows and red eye.