Memories, in the form of NAND and DRAM are integral parts of an electronic system, especially a mobile phone. All of the mobile phones have a certain type of memory installed internally. The same can be said on the iPhone 8.
Unfortunately, it seems like there is quite an issue with the NAND and DRAM memories at the moment. According to Digitimes, leading memory suppliers, Toshiba and SK Hynix, have experience a very low yield rate on their respective memories. This will result in a 30-percent decrease in supply to Apple for the iPhone 8.
In response to this dilemma, Apple then sought the help of the next biggest chip maker in the world, Samsung. According to the same report, Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung to supply the balance of the needed 3D NAND storage components.
From the looks of things, Apple is already causing major supply shortage of components on a global scale. Although the reason is not due to Apple alone. For many months now, the electronics supply chain is already groaning due to the increased demands of electronic components. The price of DRAM has been increasing at a steady pace due to low supply and high demands. Even the supply of OLED panels is also facing supply shortage at this very moment causing it, too, to increase in price. In the end, final product price will be affected by price increases such as these ones.
Apple is yet to officially announce how much the iPhone 8 will cost. Some experts have chimed in and said that they think the phone will cost around $1,000, maybe even more. If the supply for smartphone components continue to decline, prices will definitely go up. If that happens, Apple’s pricing on the iPhone 8 will be greatly affected. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.