Samsung Reportedly Supplying DRAM for Apple's Next-Gen iPhone
Apple’s main rival and surprisingly long-time component partner has reportedly surfaced in Apple’s supply chain once again. The South Korean tech giant appears to be one of the three companies supplying dynamic random-access memory for the “iPhone 6.”
The Cupertino California company actually axed Samsung from their DRAM supplying with the iPhone 5 and for the iPhone 5S as well according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company. That being said, the company has reportedly been brought back into the fold. The other suppliers for the next-gen iPhone are reportedly Elpida and Micron.
For those of you who didn’t know, DRAM is the system memory included inside the A-series processors that power Apple’s iPhone and iPad. This particular part has remained at 1 gigabyte for the A6 chip found in the iPhone 5 as well as the A7 processor that powers the iPhone 5S.
As of right now, there isn’t any confirmation as to how much DRAM will be included in the anticipated “A8” processor which is expected to power Apple’s “iPhone 6.” Adding in more RAM may allow apps to run longer without needing a reload but it is a delicate balance to maintain as more RAM may result in faster batter drains.
Arcuri claims that Apple is expected to take up so much of the DRAM market supply this fall that the prices will end up increasing anywhere between 3% and 5%. We’ll have to see what Apple ends up doing and what role Samsung plays once the next-gen iPhone is unveiled and taken apart.
Source: Cowen and Company