Apple is working with Samsung to increase the iPhone’s storage

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Apple currently offers 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but if a recent report out of South Korea is to be believed, those numbers could increase in the near future. According to the Korea Times, Apple is currently in discussion with Samsung to increase the storage capacity of future iPhones, although the report doesn’t go into much detail beyond that. 

The Korea Times today reports that Apple is in negotiations with Samsung to have the company supply the flash memory for the next-gen iPhone models. Currently, the flash storage is provided by Toshiba, SK hynix and SanDisk. The report also notes that Apple is looking to increase the storage capacity of its iPhone models. Apple currently offers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants. Today’s report suggests that Apple, rather than working to go beyond the 128GB amount, will increase the storage of the mid-tier models. The most logical move would be to cut the 16GB variant and make a 32GB model the entry-level option. The report, however, doesn’t go into that much detail. Samsung and Apple are in negotiations over pricing and shipments for the flash storage, with Samsung testing its offerings for durability and stability during the process. The main reason Samsung lost Apple’s flash storage business in the past is because of price, the report claims. Earlier this year it was reported that Samsung has agreed to provide A9 chips for the next-generation iPhone models. Apple has reduced its reliance on Samsung over the past few years amid their legal differences, with TSMC producing the majority of its A-series chips.

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