Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung will reportedly supply Apple with RAM for the iPhone 6, according to a report from Digitimes. Samsung's return to Apple's list of RAM suppliers for the iPhone comes after it was excluded from the list in 2013, with Apple electing to partner with SK Hynix and Elpida Memory for the iPhone 5s.

    The logic board of the iPhone 5s featuring 1GB of RAM ​
    The report adds that Elpida and SK Hynix have become unsatisfied with Apple's buying price for the components. With Elpida and SK Hynix reluctant to increase their shipments because of the dispute, Apple has once again added Samsung into its RAM supplier list to ensure a steady launch supply for the iPhone 6. Samsung had also previously supplied RAM to Apple for the iPhone 5 in 2012.

    Apple has diversified its supply chain in recent years in an attempt to reduce its reliance on its rival Samsung, however the Korean company's reputation for mass producing components with quality has made them a favorable choice. It was reported recently that Apple's supply chain diversification has hit Samsung's chip manufacturing business, as Samsung has been Apple's only manufacturer of Apple A-series processors over the past few years.

    The iPhone 6 will be unveiled at an event on September 9, and will likely be sold about a week or so later. It is also possible that the 4.7-inch version will launch ahead of the 5.5-inch version, as the latter is said to be experiencing production issues. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a thinner chassis, a faster A8 processor, an improved camera and iOS 8. While it is not known how much RAM the iPhone 6 will contain, some features in iOS 8 may require Apple to give the handset an adequate amount of RAM for smooth performance.

    Article Link: Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2014
  3. Milese3 macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
  4. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    Hope I don't get the last batch of memory from SK Hynix right after they found out Apple won't be using them anymore lol
  5. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    ??did the ever leave??
  6. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2009
    Beaumont, CA
    Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6

    Ugh. I thought Apple was moving away from Samsung. Why are they doing this?
  7. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    I don't care what people think.... <3 Samsung

    .... /runs away :D
  8. Mattsasa macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2010
    hope so too
  9. Pair macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Why? You wouldn't want their RAM in your phone because they are not providing more to Apple anymore (your imaginary case). huh?

    Why are you asking?

    The article claims that the reason they are using Samsung are because of pricing disputes with their other suppliers.
  10. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2009
    Beaumont, CA
    Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6

    There must be other options, though. There's just something icky about dealing with a company whose leaders regularly engage in criminal activity.

  11. kcamfork Suspended

    Oct 7, 2011
    Buzz Killington strikes again.
  12. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
  13. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Like or loathe Samsung, they do make some excellent components. If Apple's petulance towards Samsung's morals meant they had to source poorer quality components at a higher price, this wouldn't benefit anybody.
  14. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Heh. So much for moving away from Samsung. Needs must I guess.
  15. 69Mustang, Aug 22, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014

    69Mustang macrumors 601


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    +1. For me, what goes on between Samsung and Apple is their business. I couldn't care less. Just get me the best product possible.

    I guess SKH and Elpida realized too late that chasing high volume, low margin business is not the most attractive proposition for long term viability.:eek: I've seen many a business gain a contract by low bidding or accepting razor thin margins, only to complain later they aren't making any money. I usually have one word for them: forethought.
  16. realeric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Yes, Samesung makes "some" quality components such as refrigerators at a higher price but they also makes poorer quality components at a cheaper price such as pentile amoled screen, mobile ram, printers, air conditioner, etc. SK Hynix's RAM is the best but it's not cheap. Samesung's RAM will be just fine if it's cheaper.
  17. newyorksole macrumors 68030

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    If the 5.5" has 2GB and the 4.7" has 1GB, I think I might have my answer on which to purchase ...
  18. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    A refrigerator isn't a component. Neither are air conditioners or printers. Clearly their mobile RAM is not poorer quality.

    The fact that you use "samesung" in your post says to me you're too emotionally involved.
  19. duffman9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2003
    Costa Mesa
    I think you meant high volume, low margin. :D
    I agree with your point, these companies have probably gotten by with razor thin margins and Apple probably wants to decrease the cost, not pay more.
  20. 69Mustang macrumors 601


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I think you're right. High volume. :eek: I'm in tech sales. I've lost bids refusing to be the cheapest. More times than not I've re-gained that lost business because the winning bidder became unhappy with their win and the service reflected that. We sell on value, not cost.

    You're doubly right regarding Apple. I'm sure they put downward pressure on suppliers to increase their (Apple) profit. For the smaller suppliers I'm pretty sure it's pretty hard to turn away from the revenue Apple could mean to their business. It's after they realize the small profits when the disappointment comes.
  21. macguyindc macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2014
    Wait....this doesn't make sense. Didn't Apple acquire Anobit to help ease the supply chain for iPhone??
  22. Abazigal macrumors 604


    Jul 18, 2011
    Looks like there are still some things only the devil can offer...
  23. Iconoclysm macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    What about Samsung's components are better than others? They sell commoditized chips, anyone can make them, and they all have the same quality control. Samsung just happens to be better at pricing them due to various reasons including higher yield due to better manufacturing methods. But the end product is exactly the same - a chip.
  24. Alenore macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2013
    Criminal activities like anti-poaching agreements and ebooks price fixing, or tax evasion via Ireland?

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