Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Apple Weighs More Memory Chip Suppliers, Including China

  • Kioxia mishap may mean more business for rival memory makers
  • One option is including a Chinese chipmaker for the first time
Bloomberg business news
Apple Looks to Diversity Chip Supply Chain
Updated on

Apple Inc. is exploring new sources of the memory chips that go into iPhones, including its first Chinese producer of the critical component, after a disruption at a key Japanese partner exposed the risks to its global supply.

It’s considering expanding a roster of suppliers that already includes Micron Technology Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. after Kioxia Holdings Corp. lost a batch of output to contamination in February, people familiar with the matter said. While Samsung and SK Hynix Inc. -- the world’s largest makers of flash memory -- are likely to pick up the slack, Apple remains keen to diversify its network and offset the risk of further disruption from the pandemic and shipping snarls, they said.