The latest reports claim that during an interview last Friday, Sony CEO, Howard Stringer, accidentally confirmed their plans to supply the 8MP camera for the fifth-generation iPhone.

‘9 to 5 Mac’ reported that Walt Mossberg conducted an interview with Howard Stringer at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Stringer revealed that the recent devastating earthquake had affected its production, causing some delays in their delivery to Apple. As Sony is not known as a camera supplier for Apple, but OmniVision is, so this confirms a previous rumor claiming that Sony will be supplying its new Exmor R camera sensors, which you can find in the Sony Ericcson Xperia Arc and the recently-announced Xperia Neo.

‘9 to 5 Mac’ quotes ‘The Street‘ and says the source predicted a year ago that the iPhone 5 will pack an 8 megapixel camera supplied by Sony. The same report predicted a 5 megapixel camera for the iPhone 4.

While the executive’s comments should certainly be analyzed, it is also possible that the Japanese earthquake and the subsequent delay in the supply of camera sensors may corroborate rumors that Apple will hold off showing new iPhone hardware at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which runs from 6th to 12th June. Apple has traditionally revealed a new version of the iPhone at the WWDC prior to a June or July release.