Samsung said to supply RAM chips for iPhone 6

By , Aug 22, 2014

iPhone 6 (retail box, Martin Hajek 004)

If a new supply chain report out of Asia Friday is to be trusted, Apple’s arch-rival Samsung is supplying it with RAM chips for the upcoming iPhone 6 refresh. This comes as somewhat of a surprise given Apple’s been fighting tooth and nail to supplant the South Korean conglomerate with alternative component suppliers amid intensifying competition, aggressive advertising and never-ending legal issues plaguing its relationship with Samsung.

DigiTimes writes, citing industry sources:

Apple made a drastic move to begin expelling Samsung from its supplier list for a number of key components, including application processors, mobile RAM, NAND flash chips and batteries, starting 2013, the sources noted.

A quick backgrounder: with the release of the iPhone 5 in September of 2013, Apple dropped Samsung from the supplier list and switched to buying mobile RAM from SK Hynix and Elpida Memory.

Sources now add that neither SK Hynix nor Elpida increased RAM shipments over Apple’s “less than desired” prices, forcing the iPhone maker to go in bed with Samsung, all over again.

If true, this news indicates that strained relationship between the two frenemies may have relaxed a bit after both firms recently agreed to settle all foreign patent disputes.

On the other hand, Samsung’s scale and lead in component production makes it one of the largest makers of RAM chips for mobile devices in the world. Moreover, word on the street is that Apple has moved its A-series mobile chip production to fabless semiconductor maker TSMC, which may or may not build the iPhone 6’s A8 processor.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced at a media event on September 9.

The device(s) should come in 4.7 and 5.5-inch flavors, run a speedy A8 chip clocked at 2GHz per core, or more, have an improved camera system, a redesigned and thinner appearance and more.

Earlier this morning, a number of details pertaining to the size, weight, battery, camera design and more surfaced, based on genuine-looking production instructions said to have leaked out of Foxconn’s plant.

[DigiTimes via MacRumors]

  • Share:
  • Follow:
  • Sect

    I am done if its not 2Gb or more. Come at me fanboys.

    • Star Lord

      Would you not take 1GB ram even it beats shit out of the snapdragons? Don’t run after numbers please. Look for actual performance.

      • Charles222

        I’d imagine it’ll have 2 or 3, maybe more-what’s the point of a 64 bit processor if they don’t bump the RAM?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        64-Bit increases efficiency of the processor per every GHz of processor speed. That enables a lower clock rate 64-Bit processor to outperform higher clock rate 32-Bit processors to a certain extent.

        It also enables the system to take advantage of RAM sizes greater than 4GB, but it’s not a necessity. However, RAM is a definite requirement for true multitasking, which iDevices aren’t capable of due to lack of RAM.

      • Sect

        Lol that’s the thing with you guys. You’re too hung on OMG! it beats this or samesung or bla bla. I don’t care. I care about how it actually performs for ME! The amount of times I’ve backgrounded a browser (not even for that long) only to come back and realise that all the tabs in background have refreshed is ridiculous or how about being in the middle of game and having it randomly crash because of RAM overload. Yes this stuff happens. It’s a fact that each new version of iOS hogs more and more RAM you can see this because you have less free RAM than previous versions even when the phone is idle yet still they keep the low 1Gb. Please.

      • hkgsulphate

        tldr.

      • Sect

        Same reason you couldn’t finish college

      • hkgsulphate

        umad?

  • Chindavon

    “I can’t quit you!”

  • Shingo

    16GB RAM i will buy it !!!

    • Kurt

      and it will still have 16gb ssd lol

  • Donovan

    Yottabyte RAM would be nice