Apple hoarding NAND flash memory, 32GB iPhone here I come!

Apple hoarding NAND flash memory, 32GB iPhone here I come!

Summary: DigiTimes reports that Apple has purchased 100 million 8GB NAND flash chips from Samsung and others and that it's constricting supply for other smaller players in the market. So much so that downstream suppliers are worried about a supply shortage.

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DigiTimes reports that Apple has purchased 100 million 8GB NAND flash chips from Samsung and others and that it's constricting supply for other smaller players in the market. So much so that downstream suppliers are worried about a supply shortage.

What good are 8GB chips you ask? Simple. They're used to create 16, 32 and even 64GB devices.

Today's news all but confirms that Apple will offer a 32GB configuration of the next iPhone hardware which is widely expected to be announced at WWDC in June. The new video recording capability and higher-res 3.2MP camera expected to arrive in the iPhone 3.0 hardware are going to be memory intensive and Apple needs to address the new features with higher memory capacities.

CrunchGear also speculates that part of The Great NAND Hoard of 2009 may also be destined for a 64GB iPod touch, but I have my doubts.

Topics: Processors, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • pure supply and demand.. i dont see a problem with that.

    The big cable/phone providers were doing it back in 2001 with fiber cabling. You had to wait months to get it because they were buying everything they could get their hands on.

    As for the iphone.. hrmm.. sounds good to me!
    Been_Done_Before
  • Well...

    It could be for the iPhone/iTouch etc, or it could be because there's a good deal to be had at the moment, or it could be some sort of plot, or it could be that they are going to shift the "Air" to total solid state, or... *drum roll* Apple are going to produce a netbook.

    Whatever, it does make one go "Hmmm" with all the apparent mystery of it all.
    zkiwi
  • With Apple it could be anything

    Boosts in the iPhone/touch ranges (moving the
    touch to 64 Gb?), but with Apple you can't limit
    any new products out of their labs.

    Larger display touch/tablet? Netbook to MBA
    range?

    As long as Jonathan Ive hasn't gone on vacation
    I'm sure he's been working on something we'll see
    and some of us reaching for the wallet.
    Ken_z
  • It cracks me up....

    Apple buys out all the high end (insert name here) and the rest of the industry gets thier panties in a bunch because they can't get any... Yet... How much market share does Apple have??? Go ahead Non_Zealot... Here is where you get to troll-up and tell us how pitiful Apple's market share is.... and yet... Who is buying all the high end components and quote "Hoarding" them... ROTFLMAO!!!!

    They are not "Hoarding"... they are just buying what they need and sending them to the assembly lines to keep them running full swing.
    i8thecat
    • 'Cracking up' just about describes it.

      Suffering from paranoia are you? Or just neurotic? Responding to non-existent posts is just NOT healthy, dude.

      Must be an Apple user-complex thang.
      flatliner
      • I guess you failed to read what he said

        I guess that means you are cracking up (or something).
        zkiwi
  • RE: Apple hoarding NAND flash memory, 32GB iPhone here I come!

    It is my understanding that Apple is purchasing 8Gb (gigabit) not 8GB (Gigabyte) chips. The 8 Gb chips are equivalent to 1 GB of memry. Of what use is this memory in the iPhone and/or iPod Touch? They are even less useful in the MacBook Air or an SSD.
    rabber
    • Correct

      These are 8Gb chips, not 8GB chips.

      So it's only a few million devices I'm afraid.
      Sleeper Service
  • RE: Apple hoarding NAND flash memory, 32GB iPhone here I come!

    "The Great NAND Hoard of 2009"

    Lol...classic.
    RCPickett
  • The original story says 8Gb, not 8GB

    4GB iPhone here I come! :)
    Speednet
  • Typo in the article, the original does say Gb not GB...

    there is a massive difference between the two
    brokndodge9