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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