Memory chip suppliers look to diversify Apple’s supply chain

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A Bloomberg report claims that Apple has been searching for a third source of NAND memory chips for its devices. Samsung is Apple’s primary supplier, followed by SK Hynix. The Cupertino-based company is reportedly interested in the Chinese semiconductor Yangtze Memory Technologies, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Apple has yet to finalise the deal, but other sources claim that the manufacturer has already submitted its samples to Apple and received approval. Apparently, everything has been taken care of in a timely manner. The first NAND chips will begin shipping in May of this year.

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Yangtze’s chip design, on the other hand, lags behind that of Samsung and other memory chip manufacturers by a generation. As a result, Apple’s entry-level handsets, such as the iPhone SE from this year, will feature Yangtze’s NAND flash.

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