Apple Reportedly Relying More Heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Components

Industry sources indicate Apple is planning to lean heavily on Samsung as a component supplier for both new iPhone 6 builds and the upcoming Apple Watch, reports BusinessKorea (via G for Games). If true, this would be a marked change from Apple's reported goal of lessening its reliance on Samsung by seeking alternative suppliers for critical hardware components.

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According to the report, Apple is looking to Samsung to supply RAM, NAND flash storage, and batteries for future iPhone 6 production, supplementing or replacing current suppliers for those components.

NAND flash has been a particular area of concern for Apple according to recent news reports, with the company's decision to use cheaper and slower TLC (triple-level cell) flash memory for larger-capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models being blamed for sporadic crashing issues. Apple has reportedly moved to stop the use of its current TLC NAND flash chips and supposedly is back at the negotiating table with the South Korean supplier.

At first, Apple discussed with Samsung about the supply of NAND flash for the iPhone 6. Due to problems with prices, Toshiba's TLC NAND flash was used in the 128GB models, and components made by SK Hynix, Toshiba, and SanDisk were used in the 64GB models.

However, as overseas IT news sites reported functional defects in the 128GB models, Apple is said to be considering whether or not to replace the TLC NAND flash made by Toshiba with Samsung's own TLC NAND flash. If Apple and Samsung strike a deal, Samsung will supply both DRAM and NAND flash to the iPhone 6.

Beyond the iPhone 6, the same Korean industry sources also claim Samsung will supply Apple with application processors for the Apple Watch, which is slated to debut in early 2015.

Apple touts the Apple Watch as using a new "S1" module for the internals that seals nearly all of the internal components into a single resin-filled package for durability. The individual components of the S1 are undoubtedly being provided by several different manufacturers, but according to today's report the main application processor portion will be coming from Samsung.

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Top Rated Comments

teslo Avatar
87 months ago
My question For Apple is, if Samsung is the best suppliers of Apple parts, then why don't I just buy Samsung products directly? They are cheaper and have less overhead.
my question for you is: is that a real question?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Patriot24 Avatar
87 months ago
Samsung has been one of the best supply partners Apple has ever had and will continue to be. After all of the back-and-forth about Samsung vs. Apple, business is business. Both companies profit greatly from this partnership.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spectrumfox Avatar
87 months ago
A multi-billion dollar world-wide corporation whose profits dropped by 70% in the last year.
Dude, stop, seriously.

You're reaching now. And it's embarrassing all of us.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nt5672 Avatar
87 months ago
Show me a like for like comparison where Samsung is cheaper.

Most people born in the last 20 years don't care about reality, its all about perception and Hollywood.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spectrumfox Avatar
87 months ago
"Keep your enemies closer."

Now that Samsung's own phone market is tanking, they might be relying more than ever on Apple to help pay the bills.
Pay the bills?

Uhhhhhhh, you are aware that Samsung is a multi-billion dollar worldwide corporation that makes much more than just smartphones, right?

Geez, if it's not reported on MacRumors then it's not worth knowing, is it?

Here, educate yourself.

http://www.samsung.com/us/shop/
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nia820 Avatar
87 months ago
My question For Apple is, if Samsung is the best suppliers of Apple parts, then why don't I just buy Samsung products directly? They are cheaper and have less overhead.

Well if you don't mind using android then go ahead. But if you like the iOS experience then stick with iPhone.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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