Apple has reportedly ordered a grand total of 100 million 8Gb (Gigabit - not Gigbyte) flash memory chips - known as NAND chips - which many analysts believe will be heading directly for inclusion into the next generation of iPhones. The 8Gb memory chips, when assembled within a chassis, can be combined to form a memory of 16GB, 32GB and so on.
The move is interesting for many reasons. Firstly, because the large scale acquisition from Samsung puts a strain on world supplies that has caused a shortage for Apple's competitors. Secondly, the now massive drop in available flash chips raises the market price so that Apple's competitors have to work extra hard to keep their final handset costs down. Thirdly, the move by Apple confirms the company's wish to sell more than five million units of the new generation phone between the speculated release date of June this year and Christmas. In fact, some analysts predict a final sales figure approaching 10 million units.
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