Statistics and reports has gathered that the complete manufacture and announcement of the Apple latest flagship iPhone 8 would or might drastically affect the production of other devices by smaller companies.
The purchase of iPhone 8 component has led to a worldwide shortage of DRAM chips and NAND
Competitors struggle to protect their products, according to the report.
Some competitors are already requesting before they need chips, others pay premiums that guarantee choice and – in the worst case scenario – even forced to reduce their phones Specs, if they do not buy the chips they need …
Reuters reports that even large companies like LG are required to act.
“After reviewing our purchasing decisions … to ensure a stable supply to the manufacturer’s smartphone and computer. LG said in a statement that the decision was a quarter push about a month.
Small suppliers may be forced to reduce both RAM and flash storage.
Some analysts say that device manufacturers can be forced to cut DRAM chips, which helps the device to multitask, or NAND chips are used for long-term data storage, new products when not enough chips.
Huawei has used less advanced chips in its flagship P10, while part of the lack of Nintendo switch limited production.
The camera sensor is the second component of the big question, Sony has orders for Apple and three other brands.
Unknown chip supplier said the iPhone was largely responsible for the lack of flash storage.
The problem is so acute that the NAND market where the iPhone remains an important source of demand, given the huge volume of sales and recent steps taken to increase the capacity of the device.
Analysts believe that Apple buys about 18% of worldwide NAND chip suppliers, and this percentage can be significantly increased if iPhone 8 will be successful. Some analysts predict that iPhone sales could hit 8-year-old 100M units.
While providers work hard to bring extra capacity online, long supply resources will remain on demand again, for a while, by 2018.