Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6

Samsung will reportedly supply Apple with RAM for the iPhone 6, according to a report from Digitimes. Samsung's return to Apple's list of RAM suppliers for the iPhone comes after it was excluded from the list in 2013, with Apple electing to partner with SK Hynix and Elpida Memory for the iPhone 5s.

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The logic board of the iPhone 5s featuring 1GB of RAM
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.
The report adds that Elpida and SK Hynix have become unsatisfied with Apple's buying price for the components. With Elpida and SK Hynix reluctant to increase their shipments because of the dispute, Apple has once again added Samsung into its RAM supplier list to ensure a steady launch supply for the iPhone 6. Samsung had also previously supplied RAM to Apple for the iPhone 5 in 2012.

Apple has diversified its supply chain in recent years in an attempt to reduce its reliance on its rival Samsung, however the Korean company's reputation for mass producing components with quality has made them a favorable choice. It was reported recently that Apple's supply chain diversification has hit Samsung's chip manufacturing business, as Samsung has been Apple's only manufacturer of Apple A-series processors over the past few years.

The iPhone 6 will be unveiled at an event on September 9, and will likely be sold about a week or so later. It is also possible that the 4.7-inch version will launch ahead of the 5.5-inch version, as the latter is said to be experiencing production issues. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a thinner chassis, a faster A8 processor, an improved camera and iOS 8. While it is not known how much RAM the iPhone 6 will contain, some features in iOS 8 may require Apple to give the handset an adequate amount of RAM for smooth performance.

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Posted: 9 weeks ago

There's just something icky about dealing with a company whose leaders regularly engage in criminal activity.

Criminal activities like anti-poaching agreements and ebooks price fixing, or tax evasion via Ireland?
Wait.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago

Yes, Samesung makes "some" quality components such as refrigerators at a higher price but they also makes poorer quality components at a cheaper price such as pentile amoled screen, mobile ram, printers, air conditioner, etc. SK Hynix's RAM is the best but it's not cheap. Samesung's RAM will be just fine if it's cheaper.


A refrigerator isn't a component. Neither are air conditioners or printers. Clearly their mobile RAM is not poorer quality.

The fact that you use "samesung" in your post says to me you're too emotionally involved.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago
I really hope the iPhone 6 gets 2GB of RAM. :)
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago

Ugh. I thought Apple was moving away from Samsung. Why are they doing this?


Like or loathe Samsung, they do make some excellent components. If Apple's petulance towards Samsung's morals meant they had to source poorer quality components at a higher price, this wouldn't benefit anybody.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago
"Apple has diversified its supply chain in recent years in an attempt to reduce its reliance on its rival Samsung, however the Korean company's reputation for mass producing components with quality has made them a favorable choice."

Yet some who frequent this forum would believe Samsung components are crap. Funny how a substantial portion of Apple products are made with samsung components yet Apple devices are made with quality while Samsung products are made with inferior products.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago
come back to papa
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago

Hope I don't get the last batch of memory from SK Hynix right after they found out Apple won't be using them anymore lol


Why? You wouldn't want their RAM in your phone because they are not providing more to Apple anymore (your imaginary case). huh?


Ugh. I thought Apple was moving away from Samsung. Why are they doing this?

Why are you asking?

The article claims that the reason they are using Samsung are because of pricing disputes with their other suppliers.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago
Shoot me, but I'll take Samsung components any day of the week! :)

Glassed Silver:mac
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 9 weeks ago
The reason that Samsung is a rival is that they produce quality products. If the stuff they produced was complete garbage, their name wouldn't appear on these forums as often as they do.

The problem with the fanboyism on both sides (Android/iOS or Apple/Samsung) is that people are blinded from the real truths. Both sides are guilty of borrowing from each other, both sides also try to protect their IPs through lawsuits and trademark violation claims. Apple has borrowed some key features, so has Samsung. Android has allowed Samsung to have some really cool features that Apple still doesn't have. As for visual similarities....I have always thought that the Icons were chosen by Samsung for instant recognition for people who are switching away from iOS, not just a blatant ripoff for the sake of ripping something off. If you want people to switch, you can't just make a product that is completely unfamiliar and expect your new customers to learn all over again. It just doesn't work that way.

Now for the concern at hand. If there is a company that can product extremely high quality chips, in this case a RAM module for the iPhone, and they can do it at a very competitive rate that allows your company to build devices with the product margins you want then that is a company you want to do business with. Samsung is such a large diverse company, buying chips from them is not the same as asking their Mobile division to get involved in the development of your new devices.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 8 weeks ago

The reason that Samsung is a rival is that they produce quality products. If the stuff they produced was complete garbage, their name wouldn't appear on these forums as often as they do.

The problem with the fanboyism on both sides (Android/iOS or Apple/Samsung) is that people are blinded from the real truths. Both sides are guilty of borrowing from each other, both sides also try to protect their IPs through lawsuits and trademark violation claims. Apple has borrowed some key features, so has Samsung. Android has allowed Samsung to have some really cool features that Apple still doesn't have. As for visual similarities....I have always thought that the Icons were chosen by Samsung for instant recognition for people who are switching away from iOS, not just a blatant ripoff for the sake of ripping something off. If you want people to switch, you can't just make a product that is completely unfamiliar and expect your new customers to learn all over again. It just doesn't work that way.

Now for the concern at hand. If there is a company that can product extremely high quality chips, in this case a RAM module for the iPhone, and they can do it at a very competitive rate that allows your company to build devices with the product margins you want then that is a company you want to do business with. Samsung is such a large diverse company, buying chips from them is not the same as asking their Mobile division to get involved in the development of your new devices.


The truth right there!
Rating: 3 Votes

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