OmniVision Technologies, Apple’s prime supplier of CMOS sensors for iOS gear, has outed a new image sensor today. The OV5690 module has a slimmer profile, a valuable treat for tiny gadgets where space is at premium. The OV5690 isn’t just a five-megapixel camera in a smaller package. According to OmniVision, the module touts improved image quality with full HD 1080p video capture at thirty frames per second. Both features make the OV5690 a prime candidate for next-gen iOS devices…

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The new camera module is a natural fit for a fifth-generation iPod touch and iPad 3. Due to space constraints and cost savings reasons, back cameras on iPods and iPads are crapped at 960-by-720 pixel resolution stills. This equals to just 0.7-megapixel photos, a far cry from iPhone 4’s five-megapixel stills. Provided space allows it, Apple could incorporate the OV5690 module inside next-gen iPod and iPad, upgrading those devices to a five-megapixel photo capture and 1080p video recording, which could be huge in and of itself.

iPhone 5 is less likely considering the latest rumors calling for an eight-megapixel camera on the fifth-gen handset. An alternative route: Fit iPhone  with OmniVision’s ten-megapixel camera sensor that shoots native 1080p video in 16:9 format and use the OV5690 to power new iPods and iPads, as MacStories suggested. Knowing Apple, however, that would be too great an upgrade for a single generational shift.

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