Apple is reportedly halting its plan to use chips from China’s YMTC

San Francisco: Amid political pressure, tech giant Apple has halted plans to use memory chips made by China’s Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. (YMTC) in its products, media reported. According to Nikkei Asia, the move comes as the latest round of US export controls was imposed against China’s technology sector. Apple confirms iOS 16 SIM bug affecting iPhone 14 users.

The report said Apple had already certified YMTC’s 3D NAND flash memory for use in iPhones before the US government tightened export restrictions against China earlier this month. However, YMTC’s chips, which the government subsidizes, were originally planned for Apple to use by this year because they are at least 20 percent cheaper than the competition’s, supply chain executives said.

“NAND” is flash memory, a key component in all electronic devices such as smartphones, personal computers and servers. Apple Music and Mercedes-Benz team up to bring spatial audio to a variety of models.

The tighter controls have increased tensions with Beijing, as companies that do not provide the required information within 60 days can be blacklisted. In addition, the US Commerce Department is investigating YMTC over whether it violated Washington’s export controls by selling chips to already blacklisted Huawei.

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