Apple considering adding new flash memory suppliers to protect iPhone supply

William Gallagher


Apple is reportedly concerned about its over-reliance on Japan for iPhone flash memory, and is exploring working with a Chinese supplier.

Apple's key flash memory supplier Kioxia had to limit production in February 2022, when raw materials were found to be contaminated. There were no details of the contamination, but between Kioxia and another supplier, Western Digital, it was estimated that the issue led to a drop in production of 6.5 exabytes (65 million terabytes) of storage.Now according to Bloomberg, Apple is looking to mitigate future risks by adding alternative suppliers. Unspecified sources say that Apple already uses Micron Technology and Samsung, but is testing working with Chinese state-owned Yangtze Memory Technologies.

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