Korean report indicates that Sony is about to start equipping partners with new sensors
Apple isn’t expected to deploy the iPhone 6 until late next year, but that’s not stopping speculators from discussing the potential upgrades it will harness.A report by South Korea's etnews reveals (via Patently Apple) that “Samsung Electronics' System LSI Division and Sony will compete in the 16 million pixel complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor market for smartphones.”
Since Apple gets its iPhone camera sensors from Sony almost exclusively, and since the iPhone 5s has an 8 MP CMOS image sensor from Sony, it is reasonable to assume that Apple will want to double the pixel count in its next-generation iPhone using the latest Sony sensors available.
Keep in mind that Apple cannot afford to just beef up on CPU speed next year. The iPhone 6 is compelled to have a new design, a bigger screen, a much better camera (or at least new camera capabilities), and more.