Apple to Rely More Heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Components?

Apple to Rely More Heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Components?

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Samsung is reportedly set to supply an increasing number of components for the iPhone 6, a change in Apple recent moves to distance itself from the company, says BusinessKorea.

According to industry sources on Nov. 25, the iPhone 6 will feature batteries manufactured by Samsung SDI. Some raise the possibility that Samsung's TLC NAND flash will also be used in the iPhone 6.

Notably, Apple went with Toshiba's TLC NAND flash for the 128GB models of the iPhone 6 and memory from SK Hynix, Toshiba, and SanDisk in the 64GB models. However, there have been user reports of unexpected crashes and devices that are stuck in a boot loop which are being blamed on the TLC NAND flash in higher capacity devices.

Apple is said to be considering whether or not to replace the TLC NAND flash made by Toshiba with Samsung's own TLC NAND flash. If the two companies reach a deal, Samsung would supply both the DRAM and NAND flash to the iPhone 6.

Additional, there are rumors that Apple and Samsung are jointly developing communication chips for the iPhone. The chips could be unveiled late next year.

While Samsung was the supplier of application processors for the iPhone 5, TSMC scored as the AP supplier for the iPhone 6. However, it now appears as though Apple will return to Samsung and its 14-nm FinFET production process for the next generation iPhone.

Finally, Samsung is also preparing to supply APs for Apple Watch, according to the report.

One reason given for the possible partnership between the two firms is the growing influence of Chinese smartphone makers.

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Apple to Rely More Heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Components?
Roger Melly - November 27, 2014 at 5:03pm
Samsung chips and Samsung consumer are as far apart as apple and Microsoft... Still if it was me I wouldn't touch them..
it wasnt me - November 27, 2014 at 10:21am
Apple cant survive alone without better hardware chips,innovation etc.they dont have capabilities on their own and now a depending heavily on samsung for supply or to copy something and claim it's their own.
it's just you - November 27, 2014 at 11:11am
No one can in general. You don't have the brains to prove your mythical gimmick. They are using Samsung because they have the parts to give to them in which Samsung secretly copies Apple. That's why we see every iphone feature taken and blame them like you guys pin shit on us.
Random - November 26, 2014 at 9:58pm
It's just bait for Samsung to follow Apple's way of making their devices because there have been no Apple suing Samsung lately..
Nat - November 26, 2014 at 10:04pm
No matter how far Samsung tries to get ahead by being app,e they'll know they get caught. That's why.
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