Apple memory buy-up points to 32GB iPhone

April 9th, 2009

Apple has been splurging on those 8Gb NAND flash chips, and that suggests the new iPhone is going to tote some serious storage – probably 32GB, double the current maximum, just as we’d heard last week. Read on for the details.

According to Digitimes, Apple has placed an order for no fewer than 100 million 8Gb NAND flash chips, mostly manufactured by Samsung, causing a bit of a tightening in the global supply.

Why buy up so many? Well, there’s a new iPhone in the works (probably for a June launch), so it seems likely that Apple is going to pack it with more storage than ever – stick in a few of these chips and you’ve got an iPhone with a generous 32GB of storage space, equalling the memory of the top-of-the-range iPod touch.

This increased memory makes a lot of sense if the rumours about Apple adding a 3.2-megapixel camera and video capture to the new iPhone are true – those larger snaps and long movie clips need to go somewhere, after all.

Out TBC | £TBC | Apple (via Digitimes and CrunchGear)

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  • Simon

    Seems Electric Pig don’t know the difference between a GB and a Gb (Gigabyte and Gigabit).

  • Sam Kieldsen

    Whoops, my bad. The story is now updated.

    The point of the story still stands however – Apple is buying up loads of these (reportedly twice as many as they bought last year) for a reason.

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