As part of a continuous effort to reduce its reliance on Samsung for product components, Apple is now purchasing a large portion of its flash memory from Japanese manufacturers, according to DigiTimes.

Citing multiple industry sources, Digitimes noted that Apple has been increasing its DRAM and NAND flash chipset orders from Japanese manufacturers.  Apple will rely on Elpida Memory and Toshiba for production of its products’ memory and storage components in the future.

Samsung is easily the largest NAND flash producer in the market with over 30% marketshare. The electronics giant also commands over 40% of the total DRAM market. Samsung is Apple’s largest component supplier, though the Cupertino based company has lately been trying to distance itself from Samsung following legal wrangling over patents.

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