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  • Apple Causes Flash Memory Shortage... Again

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    Demand for NAND flash memory exceeded supply by more than 1% in the third quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange, and is predicted to increase in Q4 due to increased production for the holiday season.

    As reported in DigiTimes, the memory shortage is being largely attributed to Apple's appetite for the memory modules. Apple had also been blamed for flash shortages earlier this year, before introducing new flash-based iPods, including the 64GB iPod touch and the 5th generation 8- and 16GB iPod nano.

    The shortages are expected to continue for some time: according to the report, supply will only grow by 79 percent in the year to come, while demand is predicted to increase by 81 percent.

    Predictably, prices are also surging with the decreased availability. "Contract prices for mainstream 16GB and 32GB MLC NAND flash chips rose 7-8% and 8-14%, respectively, to average US$4.98 and US$7.68 in the first half of October, according to DRAMeXchange data," the DigiTimes report said. "The 64GB segment also saw a price rally of 6-13% to US$14.50 on average."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Causes Flash Memory Shortage... Again started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I love it when there is a memory shortage! It means more good things coming our way from Apple! But hate the price increase!
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I love it when there is a memory shortage! It means more good things coming our way from Apple! But hate the price increase!
      Amen
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      Maybe for the new tablet?
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      I can sure want a 64GB iPhone next year..128GB iPod touch next year..then 128GB iPhone..ect.. My 32GB 3GS still good atm..still have 17GB free.. soon HD will be dead in the classics iPod..
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      less memory = more good things to come
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      The price I can handle but dam if the speed increase that would be great
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      It's a no brainer folks that once the 64gb touch is on the market they are going to start production for the june release of the 64gb iphone. The orders are flowing, they'll have their chips by the end of the year, they'll build for a few months and have enough stock to ship by May.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      well its not like anyone didnt see this coming. surprise, surprise! it will be interesting to see what next june has in store for iphone/ipod and such
    1. jetfuel495's Avatar
      jetfuel495 -
      I'm still waiting on the terabyte iPhone. Then I'll upgrade
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      It's a no brainer folks that once the 64gb touch is on the market they are going to start production for the june release of the 64gb iphone. The orders are flowing, they'll have their chips by the end of the year, they'll build for a few months and have enough stock to ship by May.
      i hope u no that the 64 gb ipod touch has been out for some time now
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      apple is filled with a bunch of bi*cH%s simply cuz they only spend 4 dollars more for double the capacity on an iPhone and then they hump the hell outta our pockets for this increase in memory, even though it only costs them like 4 dollars to make an iPhone double the capacity they sell it for $100 dollars more. Complete Bull S**t. Apple you can lick my Dam balls.
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by badass1469 View Post
      Apple you can lick my Dam balls.
      Your prose is eloquent.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Interesting...I could get a 500GB iPod touch and use it as a drive.
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      Wow i didn't know that the price of the memory was so low...why is there such big difference between 16-32gb models then...>.<
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      i hope u no that the 64 gb ipod touch has been out for some time now
      Tell someone to change your light bulb.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Good things will come of this...