Good Friday is fast turning into Apple Friday, so we'll keep this brief...
According to hit-and-miss site DigiTimes Apple has sent flash manufacturers into something of a tizzy after placing an order for an monstrous 100 million 8Gb NAND chips. NAND flash is the building block for all flash memory based products (think of it like stem cells).
Naturally all talk therefore is of Apple putting together its next generation iPhone and iPod touch and that seems likely if it is going to stockpile any kind of inventory ahead of a potential WWDC announcement.
That said, 8Gbit NAND (Samsung module pictured above) isn't particularly capacious, equalling just 1GB and 16Gbit NAND has been doing the rounds since late 2007. Could Apple really be looking to cram 32 of these modules into an iPhone and 64 into an iPod touch when it would require half the number using 16Gbit? Heck, 32Gbit NAND is out there and 64Gbit is even on the cards.
DigiTimes reports the Apple order will also drain global supply and push prices up with other manufacturers likely to be hit by shortages. Whether this will be reflected in end user pricing or limited product stock is unknown at this stage.
In related news iTunes 8.1.1 has skipped out into the wild this week and while bug fixes are plentiful along with the claim once more for faster and more agile performance the big addition is HD movie rentals. The scheme appears to feature in the US version only for now, but at least the upgrade is in place for when we Brits are on the receiving end.