Apple has always charged customers a lot more for NAND storage chips in iPhones than it pays suppliers, but the new iPhone XS series takes this to the next: the company now charges an extra $350 to jump from the 64GB minimum to the new 512GB option.
Steve Jobs was right all along: for years, Flash technology has been on its descendancy. It doesn’t come as a surprise at al that Adobe has finally come to its senses, deciding to kill off the resource-hogging software by the end of 2020.
Apple supplier SK Hynix unveiled 72-layer, 256-gigabit (Gb) 3D NAND flash memory chips based on triple-level cell arrays. By stacking 1.5 times more cells than the company’s previous 48-layer technology, a single 256Gb NAND flash chip can represent 32 gigabytes of storage with two times faster internal operation speed and twenty percent faster read/write performance than a 48-layer 3D NAND chip.
DigiTimes estimated this week that flash memory chips for smartphones will remain in high demand throughout 2017 because supply shortages are reportedly “worse than expected” as chip makers are currently transitioning from older 2D NAND to newer 3D NAND technology.
According to a report Friday in The Korea Herald newspaper, citing Mirae Asset Daewoo Securities analysts, Toshiba may spin off of its lucrative NAND flash unit and sell the stake to Western Digital, narrowing the technology and market share gap with its bigger rival Samsung Electronics.