Samsung rumored to provide NAND flash memory chips for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Samsung rumored to provide NAND flash memory chips for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
A new report from South Korea claims that Samsung is getting close towards inking a deal with Apple to provide NAND flash memory chips for the upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

The report, quoting a "source close to the deal", claims that Samsung is in talks to become one of Apple's suppliers of NAND flash memory chips for this year's iPhone models. Allegedly, Samsung is currently testing memory chips for stability and durability in its factory in Xian, China.

As per today's report, Samsung did not contribute flash memory chips for the iPhone 6 series due to the fact that the two companies did not reach an agreement over pricing.

Allegedly, Apple is planning to ship more the 64GB iPhone models in response to strong demand for the 64GB versions coming from China and Europe, and that 64GB memory chips is what the Samsung-Apple deal might entail for the iPhone 6S. According to a report from Credit Suisse, Toshiba with 50%, SK Hynix with 30%, and Sandisk with 20% are the companies that supply memory chips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

At the moment, it's not clear how much Apple plans to rely on Samsung memory chips for the iPhone 6S series, and it remains to be seen if Samsung can help fix the issues that some users have been reporting about the flash memory chips inside some iPhone 6 versions.

From the looks of it, Samsung will play a major part in the Apple 6S series. Some rumors suggest that Apple has also picked Samsung to fulfill most of the A9 chip manufacturing for this year's iPhones, although others claim that TSMC - the company that makes most of the A8 chips that go in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus - will continue to be one of Apple's chip-manufacturing partner for the iPhone 6S series.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus in September, but until the new handsets reach the market and multiple versions are torn apart, we won't be able to tell if these rumors hold any water or not.

source: Korea Times

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19 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Seems a bit late in the game to still be "in talks"

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

i hope samsung does not sell the top of the line nand chips.

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Your comment has nothing to do with what I said

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How is this a rumor, when it happens every year in some capacity.

4. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lol was about to say the same thing.

6. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Don't say that, you're gonna revive supernova and the patriots squad with your blasphemous opinions.

3. waddup121 unregistered

hell yeah!

5. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What are you doing PA? It's blasphemy to say their gods are joining forces to get all their money while they're fighting with loyalty on tech websites. You're punching the hardcore apple and samsung fanboys right in their guts!

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Let's just rename the Apple iphone 6S and call it iSample... Because Samsung has more original parts in it. So (i+Samsung+Apple= iSample) O.o

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

iSample? well, thats not bad... an innovative name

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course the 64GB model.is in higher demand. Apple drove the demand by dumping 32GB and keeping 16GB. They know 16GB isn't enough with today's apps and most will spend more to get 64GB. If they made 32 the entry level model, the demand wouldn't go to the 64GB. Thank you Samsung for not being like them and making 32Gb the minimum.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a very stupid, and incorrect statement, see as the 64 cost what the 32 did. You're getting twice the storage for the same amount. Sometimes I wonder why you post the stuff you post.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The guys at Apple know how to run the business, and you know how to nag about it.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone has so many parts made by Samsung, that you might as well say the iPhone is just a rebranded Galaxy S.

10. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Lol ppl say Samsung is dead... If Samsung don't make iPhone the wat apple gonna do... They already tried to stop using Samsung and they end up in problems

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It is the whole, "If you aren't number 1, you lost" which is most definitely not true. Unfortunately between that and the whole "everyone wins/participates" thing, which also is also weird, people seem to have forgotten that being number 2 or 3 or even 7 as Samsung is in market value, is still an enormous amount of profits. Also people completely ignore how big a profit margin apple has compared to most any other company out there, for some reason apple can get away with something that other companies cannot.

15. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Wrong.. for example if Samsung and Apple doesn't doesnt ink a deal like last time.. Samsung misses out of a billion dollar deal, and Apple will head to LG or TSMC. If Samsung dropped off the face of the earth, the tech world will keep on going.

19. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

I think in case of SoC fabs, they need samsung more than TSMC

14. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Sounds implausible as Apple had shifted most of their manufacturing out of samsung and they want to be completelly independent, but who knows ? Maybe there isn't enough manufacturing capacity for that hundred million of iPhones.

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