Samsung allegedly back in Apple's supplier list, tipped to provide RAM for the iPhone 6

Samsung allegedly back in Apple's supplier list, tipped to provide RAM for the iPhone 6
Being the “frenemies” they are, Apple and Samsung are in a pretty complex, multi-level relationship with each other. Although they have been competing for the lion's share of the smartphone market for the past few years and have met one another in a court of law for quite a few times, they are also business partners, as Apple has used a number of Samsung-made silicon components in its iPhone devices over the years. Cupertino has tried to divorce its South Korea-based adversary, but this has proved to be a pretty hard task.

One of the latest iPhone 6-related rumors, for example, claims that Apple has once turned to Samsung for hardware parts – this time, Sammy is said to be providing a great portion of the RAM chips for Cupertino's next flagship, which might or might not come with 1GB of random-access memory aboard.

It will be filling the gap that SK Hynix and Elpida Memory, two of Apple's major RAM suppliers, left after they did not agree to increase the RAM production, which will provide a steady supply of memory for the iPhone 6. The reason for SK Hynix' and Elpida Memory's alleged reluctance to do so was due to the low and unsatisfactory buyout prices that Apple's been offering for the RAM chips. So, Samsung reportedly had to intervene and get involved in the RAM supplement.

source: DiGiTimes

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36 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I'm sure they wont have a problem supplying 1GB to the iphone 6 lol

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Even 512 MB :p

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol, this might actually be a sign that they want 2GB and higher. Samsung has a pretty high end process for RAM and higher densities than most. I think they were one of the first to get a 2GB single chip for mobile down first and so we could see at least 2 GB in iPhone 6 and higher in the phablet.

25. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope I be thing they need them for 2gb for the ipad 2 so they got to go back to samsung

35. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I wonder, samsung always manage to kick the butts of apple... its like apple always try to run miles away from damnsung but at the end damnsung say "come here you naughty kid/troll(while kicking)"

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

lol@ frenemies...

9. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

they are not friends or enemies, they don't like or hate each other....they do everything for money(because that is what they are supposed to do).

4. anandhts4u

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

lol Apple "the low and unsatisfactory buyout prices that Apple's been offering for the RAM chips"

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

..and cheapskate Apple has the audacity to price their products at a premium. tsk tsk tsk.

6. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

The true definition of a Love & Hate relationship

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Poor Apple. Sammy comes to the rescue.

10. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Samsung is not doing a favor by selling stuff to apple,they are just helping each other in making money.Samsung is not just a phone company, they want apple to buy stuff from Samsung. And Apple is looking for other suppliers,not because they hate Samsung, they are doing it because they don't want to depend on a single company for their hardware. We, the consumers are 'rescuing' both the companies.

31. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Samsung should IMO have just walked away Apple have sued Samsung 3 time in the US, this latest win included damages. However U.S. patent office rejected Apple's autocomplete patent claim Samsung was found to infringe. Samsung has now brought this to the attention of Judge Koh Apple wanted $2 Billion awarded $119 Million, which will be reduced due to the above As I understand it Apple should have sued Google in part and NOT Samsung as it was the Operating system more than the hardware which was relevant Samsung are not doing themselves any favours by accepting, anything following the case and should have walked away As I understand it the Sapphire Coating may not be the standard coating but a "cheaper" version offering a percentage of the protection it should have The priced offered by Apple to the two companies above is NOT the commercial price but again cheaper The most baffling part is ONLY 1GB Ram This 1Gb is wrong as IMO as I don’t know of any "premium" 4.7 inch phone having only 1GB I expect the iPhone 6 to be at least 1.5 GB most likely 2 GB, if it does only come in at 1 GB ram and sells, I will be shocked But I agree Samsung is helping Apple make a chunk of money, Samsung should walk away as there comes a point when it is all too much hassle do business with your partners

32. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We don't know yet how much ram the iPhone 6 will have, but even if it's only 1gb, iOS is designed as a monotask OS, and doesn't need tons of ram.

34. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Samsung will lose a lot of money if they don't supply stuff to Apple....there was a time when Samsung lost $10 billion market value because of a report that Apple may not buy RAM from Samsung. Samsung stakeholders want them to do business with Apple....you can't love or hate your competitors. You can sue your competitors if you feel that they infringe on your patents and it's for the courts to decide about it....that is also a part of business between such huge companies.

11. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

darkkjedii went to go hide somewhere for a while

12. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

their relation is what you call really COMPLICATED.

13. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Fck Apple what choice did they have? Cr@pple is designed in California and because of greed of CEOs is made over seas so yeah u will have to deal w/the most advanced electronics maker in the world Samsung.

14. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Thank you Apple for helping Samsung with its declining profits ;)

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. The Sammites don't see it that way though.

15. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

So clueless the Androtakus. When Apple goes parts shopping everyone stands in queue on the knee, including Sammy.

18. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Err...no. Apple have been trying very hard to leave Samsung multiple times, each time they've been left with little choice but to run back, not once has Samsung had to beg as in reality they are by far the largest and most capable component supplier especially when it comes to Memory, they pretty much own that industry :D every major OEM has some sort of Samsung built memory component. Qualcomm also seeked help from Samsung to help manufacture SoCs. You can continue trolling and talking down Samsung as much as you want and continue failing at what you're trying to do, but you simply cannot deny their manufacturing prowess, they aren't as heavily dependant on mobile as Apple or any other phone maker, so as much as you can hate on them they will continue to get business from your fav company and will continue to profit from its own products as well as iPhone, Xperia etc etc... Get over it. :)

19. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

calm down man, take it easy the fruit's just trolling

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I'm not sure if he enjoy trolling here though.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yeah, I am also not sure that he enjoy trolling here or everywhere

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

no way. apple even went to beg at samsung because they don't want to pay more, lame.

28. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Very clueless you are

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post, Sammy knows it's partnership with apple is very beneficial.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, that's what happened. You should try reading the story. Two suppliers refused to increase their orders for Apple (due, of course, to Apple trying to underpay). Then Apple was forced to crawl to Samsung.

16. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, no matter how much Apple try get away from Samsung they just can't, hehe, unfortunately for Apple, Samsung will continue to profit from the iPhone. :) RAM is one of the more expensive components in a smartphone.

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