Samsung reportedly dropped as memory supplier for first batch of next-gen iPhones

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Industry sources claim Apple has cut orders for Samsung memory modules to be used in its upcoming next-generation iPhone, saying the first batch of handsets widely expected to launch on Sept. 21 following Sept. 12 debut, will not carry chips made by the South Korean company.

While Apple will continue to use Samsung-made DRAM and NAND flash modules in future products, the Cupertino tech giant is tapering orders made to its smartphone rival, an unnamed supply chain source told Reuters on Friday, Korean local time.

A separate report from The Korean Economic Daily cites another person familiar with the matter who said Apple dropped Samsung memory completely for initial iPhone rollout. Taking the place of Samsung's units will be parts made by Toshiba, Elpida Memory and SK Hynix.

"Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones)," said the Reuters source. "But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung's handset business."

The person went on to say the move away from Samsung is in line with Apple's plan to diversify its supply chain, and is not in response to the two companies' worldwide patent dispute. The iPhone maker has been attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung parts for months, the most recent move prompting the Korean electronics giant's value to fall over concern that it would be shut out as an Apple supplier.

A5X RAM
Samsung-sourced DDR2 RAM modules as used with Apple's A5X chip. | Source: Chipworks


The high demand for Apple products frequently outweighs supply, especially at big launches like the upcoming next-generation iPhone, and the company is looking to spread out its supply chain to combat possible component shortages that would cause a production slowdown.

Samsung is the sole supplier of the Retina displays used in the third-generation iPad, and fabricates the A-series SoCs found in Apple's iDevice line, as well as a number of other integral components.

Apple is expected to debut the sixth-generation iPhone at a Sept. 12 special event, which will be followed by a rollout on Sept. 21.
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  • Reply 1 of 137


    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

    While Apple will continue to use Samsung-made DRAM and NAND flash modules in future products, the Cupertino tech giant is tapering orders…


     


    "Apple knows the 6th iPhone is a failure because they haven't changed anything on it since the iPhone 4, and so they're making fewer of them."

  • Reply 2 of 137
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


    Lets get rid of all samsung manufacturing and depend on other companies making them grow and prosper.

  • Reply 3 of 137


    Taiwan is smiling with glee.

  • Reply 4 of 137
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    The person went on to say the move away from Samsung is in line with Apple's plan to diversify its supply chain, and is not in response to the two companies' worldwide patent dispute.


     


    Yeah, right Samsung has proved they are untrustworthy as a supplier, there are obviously leaks between their component supply business and their device designers.


     


    Creating a glut could backfire slightly as Samsung will have to dump excess inventory.

  • Reply 5 of 137
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    "Apple knows the 6th iPhone is a failure because they haven't changed anything on it since the iPhone 4, and so they're making fewer of them."



    I can understand that.  The taller screen on the 6th generation iPhone is not a big deal in my opinion.  What really would have made it for me is a wider and taller screen.  This next generation iPhone reminds me of the 5th generation iPod Nano that had the tall screen.  Kind of gaudy.

  • Reply 6 of 137
    realisticrealistic Posts: 1,132member


    Wish we could block moderators because I am getting real tired of reading TS posts.

     

  • Reply 7 of 137

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    "Apple knows the 6th iPhone is a failure because they haven't changed anything on it since the iPhone 4, and so they're making fewer of them."



     


    Heh, heh.

  • Reply 8 of 137
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    The high demand for Apple products frequently outweighs supply ...


     


    If you're going to be honest you should add ... "for extremely short periods of time." to the end of this statement.  


     


    It's pure hyperbole otherwise.  

  • Reply 9 of 137
    realistic wrote: »
    Wish we could block moderators because I am getting real tired of reading TS posts.

     

    I am with you. Instead of moderating its more like trolling.
  • Reply 10 of 137
    realistic wrote: »
    Wish we could block moderators because I am getting real tired of reading TS posts.

     

    I second that motion ...
  • Reply 11 of 137

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    Originally Posted by Omar Morales View Post





    I am with you. Instead of moderating its more like trolling.


     


    How exactly would a person with 4 posts know that?

  • Reply 12 of 137
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Realistic View Post


    Wish we could block moderators because I am getting real tired of reading TS posts.

     



    Personalities aside, I'm not sure why we can't block moderators.  


     


    If you're going to get an infraction, they communicate with you directly.  If they are editing your post, then you see their comments anyway even if they are blocked, just as we see other blocked users in the replies of people we haven't blocked.  


     


    What if a moderator is not so much abusing the system but just boring instead?  What if I just don't like their name or their avatar?  What if I'm just cranky today and don't have any particular reason?  I think we should be able to block them if we wish.    


     


    I can't think of a single, good, logical reason not to allow users to block the comments of a moderator.


     


    In fact as we have seen, *not* being able to block them, gives the moderator a sort of power that they don't rightly deserve and that serves no particular function.  It creates a division in users similar to a sort of class system.  It's anti-democratic.  


     


    Seems like a flaw in the system to me. 

  • Reply 13 of 137
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,496member


    If this is indeed true, it's music to my ears.  Samsung's cash-cow is slowly going to green pastures.



    Samsung's arrogant attitude towards Apple costed it $12b in lost company valuation in addition to the $1b it has to pay out.  Good!  Maybe next time they'll think twice about pissing off someone with a big stick.

  • Reply 14 of 137
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member

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    Originally Posted by Realistic View Post


    Wish we could block moderators because I am getting real tired of reading TS posts.

     



     


    I find them refreshing, relevant, to the point and hopefully discouraging to trolls who will make similar posts later on.

  • Reply 15 of 137
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    "Apple knows the 6th iPhone is a failure because they haven't changed anything on it since the iPhone 4, and so they're making fewer of them."



    Hook, line & sinker...


    (4 so far) image

  • Reply 16 of 137
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member

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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    While Apple will continue to use Samsung-made DRAM and NAND flash modules in future products


    Seems like a logical guess, but, how do you know this?

  • Reply 17 of 137
    Worst frienemy ever.
  • Reply 18 of 137
    muppetrymuppetry Posts: 3,328member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hill60 View Post




    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Realistic View Post


    Wish we could block moderators because I am getting real tired of reading TS posts.

     



     


    I find them refreshing, relevant, to the point and hopefully discouraging to trolls who will make similar posts later on.



     


    Seconded.

  • Reply 19 of 137
    How exactly would a person with 4 posts know that?
    Because he might mostly be a reader
  • Reply 20 of 137

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    Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post


    Hook, line & sinker...


    (4 so far) image



     


    I've been following this thread just to see how many Tallest Skil reels in.

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