Apple orders 100 million 8Gb flash memory chips

Another day, another Apple rumor. Oh wait, this one isn't a rumor. That's right, according to Digitimes, the Cupertino-based company Apple has ordered in a whopping 100 million flash memory chips from Samsung, in the dainty size of 8Gb.

So what does this mean, and why does it even matter? Well, to us consumers it doesn't mean much, except the glaringly obvious implication that Apple will release a new iPhone this year. However, to other companies, this poses quite an issue. Those wishing to get hold of some 8Gb memory chips will be hard pressed to do so, until the end of May, at the very least. To add fuel to the fire, the tightened supply of memory has caused prices to rise by 16% for the first half of April, although this isn't entirely Apple's fault; Nokia and Sony have reportedly been stocking up, also.

The chips are combined during the manufacturing process, to create 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sized devices, so we won't be stuck with poor storage.

Keep an eye out as there will, no doubt, be more Apple rumors doing the rounds tomorrow.

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They only use 8Gb memory chips in the iphone? It seems a bit ridiculous to use 32x 8Gb chips to make a 32GB phone. I just had a look at the samsung site and they do make 64Gb chips, so it'd make more sense for apple to use those.

me too, been waiting since they came out. no point in buying one till it can fit my entire music collection, no matter how fancy it is.

Tel said,
i just want a 64gb ipod touch :(

so you want a 8GB ipod touch? remember in case you didn't read the posts above, 8bits in a byte, so 64 gigabits = 8GB

barteh said,
8 gigabits = 1 gigabyte

WRONG
In conventional modern usage, a byte is 8 bits. One gigabyte is equivalent to eight gigabits.

Exosphere said,
WRONG
In conventional modern usage, a byte is 8 bits. One gigabyte is equivalent to eight gigabits.


yeah because in the older days one byte was only 7 bits

/sarcasm

Learn to ready before you shout out WRONG

Exosphere said,
WRONG
In conventional modern usage, a byte is 8 bits. One gigabyte is equivalent to eight gigabits.
This does my head in really bad... it's like saying A = B but B != A

Exosphere said,
WRONG
In conventional modern usage, a byte is 8 bits. One gigabyte is equivalent to eight gigabits.

OOPS, I meant to have replied to the original post, sorry to add to confusion.

XerXis said,

yeah because in the older days one byte was only 7 bits

/sarcasm

Learn to ready before you shout out WRONG

Well, a character was 7 bits originally.