For the past several years, Apple has used TLC NAND Flash storage for its iPhones. To boil that down real quick, that chip is the component of the iPhone where you save all of your data. It’s an important component, and, in fact, some iPhone 6 Plus models a year ago came under scrutiny for having poor performing NAND Flash. Now, a new rumor suggests that Apple is moving away from TLC and back to Samsung.
Samsung is already a component supplier for Apple, helping manufacture – along with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) – the company’s A9 processors for the current iPhones. Over the past several years, however, Apple has seemingly tried to decrease its reliance on Samsung, given that it’s a major competitor. That seems to be changing.
ETNews said Wednesday that Samsung will, for the first time in four years, work to provide NAND Flash components for future iPhones. This follows rumors that Apple is also possibly talking to Samsung about AMOLED panels for the 2017 iPhones.
This might not mean a whole lot to end users who rarely care about who makes the internal storage of an iPhone, but one way it might switch things up is if Apple decides to bump the storage to a 256GB storage capacity, which Samsung already offers.