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Rumor: Samsung To Provide NAND Chips For Apple

July 1, 2015 - Written By Dennis Patrick

New rumors have came out suggesting Samsung is working with Apple to offer NAND flash memory chips for the upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. These smartphones will likely get announced in September but if these rumors prove to be true, Samsung will have a share, along with a number of other companies, to provide their particular NAND flash memory chips within the devices. However, as of right now nothing is official and according to the rumor Apple and Samsung are still going over the negotiations and price with the deal.

This apparently wouldn’t be the first time Samsung attempted to strike a deal with Apple to offer their line of NAND chips as they attempted back with the iPhone 6 lineups but couldn’t agree directly over the pricing. For those who are unaware of what NAND chips actually do for your smartphone, they are your source for internal storage. Last year when the iPhone 6 originally released, there was some issues with the 128GB and 64GB models of the smartphone which caused some users experiencing their handset constantly rebooting along with freezing unexpectedly. It was later revealed that the reasoning behind this error was actually due to select NAND chips that came from manufacturer TLC.

Much like previous iPhone lineups, the upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will have a variety of different NAND chips supplied. As of right now, Toshiba provides 50%, SK Hynix 30%, and lastly SanDisk is responsible for 20% of the NAND chips for Apple. What we don’t know and likely won’t know until the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are released into the market, is just how much Apple will be relying on Samsung to provide their NAND chips. It will be interesting to see these handsets released into market and for them to get opened in order to reveal what NAND chip is being used. While Apple and Samsung have yet to strike the deal, according to sources of the Korea Times, Samsung is currently testing their NAND flash memory chips for stability and durability at factories within Xian, China.