In the interview with the Wall Street Journal Stringer said that Sony's camera sensor plant in Sendai had been affected by the recent earthquake and that shipments of sensors to Apple would be delayed.
However, Sony isn't Apple's regular camera sensor supplier -- that honor falls to Omnivision -- and Stringer's comments have sent the rumor mill into overdrive.
In February this year it had been suggested that Omnivision might not be able to make 8MP sensors in large enough volumes in time for the iPhone 5's launch and that Apple may turn to Sony instead. Sony makes 8MP sensors for smartphones such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo.
Apple-watchers are expecting an iPhone 5 announcement at the WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June, though it isn't clear if the next-generation iPhone will actually be available to buy at the time.
Meanwhile, in other camera-related news, images that appear to show a seventh-generation iPod Nano with a camera hole have been leaked by a Taiwanese blog.
However, given the fact that the images were posted when at least some of the world was celebrating April Fools' Day and that they appear to be fairly obviously doctored these reports should be taken with a fairly hefty pinch of salt.
This story, "8MP Camera Expected on iPhone 5" was originally published by Macworld U.K..