According to Bloomberg News, Apple is reportedly looking for new iPhone memory chip suppliers after a major Japanese supplier experienced an output interruption. According to a report, a major Apple supplier for flash memory chips, Japan-based Kioxia Holdings, reported contamination at its manufacturing facilities last month. This has resulted in a decrease in its output.
A partnership between Apple and Chinese NAND flash memory chip maker Yangtze Memory Technologies is reportedly in the works, too, according to the report. The source requested anonymity because the discussions between Apple and Yangtze are confidential.
The Yangtze is owned by Tsinghua Unigroup Co., based in Beijing. For the Cupertino-based tech giant, the deal with a Chinese chipmaker is going to be a big one because Apple already has a number of Taiwanese chipmakers on board. China’s goal of becoming self-sufficient in the semiconductor industry will surely benefit from this deal.
For those who don’t know, Apple supplier Foxconn has suspended its Shenzhen options due to a spike in COVID-19 cases last month. When some of the company’s employees were given the opportunity to live and work in a bubble, the suspension was lifted.
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine and Russia, as well as rising inflation, have prompted some to speculate that Apple may reduce its iPhone and AirPods production. A 20 percent reduction in iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022 production has been announced by Apple. This report says that the Ukrainian crisis may have a direct impact on a major tech company.
Just weeks after its debut, Apple is slashing its iPhone SE 2022 production order by about 2 million units, resulting in a total of just 3 million units for the quarter. According to the Nikkei, Apple’s AirPod production will be cut by 10 million units this year.
BGR India reports that Apple plans to work with a Chinese chipmaker to produce new iPhone memory chips in the future.