US Lawmakers Warn Apple For Using Chinese YMTC Chips In New iPhone

US Lawmakers Warn Apple For Using Chinese YMTC Chips In New iPhone

If rumors about Apple's plans to purchase 3D NAND flash from China's YMTC (among others) for the next iPhone 14 are accurate, Republican senators have stated the company is "playing with fire."

Currently, Apple purchases NAND memory from Japanese manufacturer Kioxia, as well as the Korean powerhouses Samsung and SK Hynix (formerly known as Toshiba Memory Corporation). Additionally, it purchases RAM from Samsung and SK Hynix, which significantly depends on Korea for its supply chain.

The two lawmakers in question were Michael McCaul (R-Texas), a member of the House foreign affairs committee and probable chair if his party gains control of the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections, and Marco Rubio (R-Florida), vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee.

Republicans want to retake control of the House, where Democrats now have a slim majority.

The Financial Times, a business newspaper, was interviewing the couple.

According to Rubio, Apple is "playing with fire." "It is aware of the dangers YMTC poses to security. If it proceeds, the federal government will investigate it in a way that has never been done before."

The memory chip business may be destroyed, and China would have even greater influence over this crucial national security technology, McCaul continued.

The two were responding to unsubstantiated rumors from the news outlet Business Korea that YMTC had been listed as a supplier.

We questioned Apple on this. At launch, the manufacturer often gives absolutely no information regarding the producers of individual components.

The iPhone 14's following teardowns will be required to validate YMTC as a NAND provider, and most people will be waiting for a professional to disassemble it. The US government has apparently asked about YMTC numerous times, but to no avail, according to reports.

For select iPhones, the business said it was "considering procurement from YMTC for NAND chips," although it was made clear that this would only apply to products that were "sold in China."

Apple presently employs Kioxia NAND storage in the iPhone 13, which is shown below (surrounded by the red rectangle). When repair expert iFixit last took the phone apart in September 2021, it found that Apple had maintained its hostile attitude toward third-party and DIY repairability, despite the company's recent intentions to ease this with its Self Service Repair Store.

This Friday, September 16, the seller will begin shipping the iPhone 14 (starting at $799), and on October 7, the iPhone 14 Plus ($899+). Although pre-orders are currently available, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will also begin delivering on September 16. The most expensive model has 1TB storage.

It's not the first time YMTC, the leading NAND flash producer in China, has been mentioned as a potential extra storage provider for the iPhone.