Seventh Generation iPod nano camera hole  (Source:
Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer slips some Apple-related comments at a tech show with Walter Mossberg

Rumors are flying in regards to the camera set-ups in both the next generation iPod nano and the iPhone 5, and if these rumors turn out to be correct, Apple may be making some big changes. 

Apple's iPods were first released back in 2001, and since then, the company has sold over 275 million of them. With several different iPod versions and generations that fit any lifestyle, such as the iPod shuffle and the iPod touch, Apple has seen a lot of success with these music devices. 

Apple is constantly making changes to the iPods to keep them relevant in the market. For instance, the sixth generation iPod nano underwent many changes last year when Apple made the portable media player 46 percent smaller and 42 percent lighter. It also obtained a multi-touch display, a belt clip and a slew of options such as VoiceOver, FM radio, a pedometer and Nike+. What the iPod nano lost, however, was video playback and an onboard camera. 

Now, rumor has it that the seventh generation iPod nano may get its onboard camera back while keeping the device's slim size and multi-touch display. In addition, Sony may have something to do with the iPod nano's camera as well as the iPhone 5's camera.

At a recent tech show at Carnegie Hall where Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walter Mossberg interviewed Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, it was noted that Sony had to delay shipments of image sensors to Apple due to the current catastrophic events in Japan. 

Stringer described the issues Sony was having with a camera image sensor facility in Sendai due to the 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan, and mentioned that these troubles have affected shipments to Apple. 

"Our best sensor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories," said Stringer. "Those go to Apple for their iPhones...or iPads. Isn't that something? They buy our best sensors from us?"

As of right now, Sony doesn't make any sensors for Apple, which leads tech insiders to believe that Sony may be supplying camera sensors for the iPhone 5, and that this delay may be what's also slowing the iPhone 5 launch. 

This may not be too surprising, considering The Street reported that the iPhone 5 would feature an 8 megapixel Sony camera back in April 2010. Now, some see Stringer's comments as "evidence" for this accusation. 

In addition, Phone Arena recently wrote that Apple may be letting go of OmniVision for the iPhone 5 after shares plummeted last summer. 

Also, briefly mentioned the possibility that the iPod nano may be apart of the new Sony camera line-up. 

These are all rumors for now, of course, but in the past, The Street accurately predicted the iPhone 4's 5 megapixel sensor, so it's possible that there could be some merit to these predictions as well. 

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