Toshiba has announced a new, high capacity NAND flash module, boasting capacities of up to 64GB on a single chip. This latest NAND module is the highest capacity in the industry, and could shake things up a bit.
TomsHardware is reporting that the latest rumours going around indicate that we could well see Toshiba’s new NAND modules find their way into a next-generation version of Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. That rumour is only enforced by the fact that the Apple hardware is already carrying some of Toshiba’s flash memory, which would make it a fairly clear upgrade path, if the company is willing to do it.
This merges quite neatly with news that popped up last week from developers working on Apple’s App Store, who had noticed that there was a new iteration of the hardware running their apps. This led to some fairly cut and dry speculation that Apple is working on a new iPhone, and the news that Toshiba has some new, higher-capacity flash modules floating around seems well timed for the two to interact.
It’s been pointed out already that the current 64GB iPod Touch boasts two of Toshiba’s 32GB modules, so upping the hardware to boast fully 128GB of flash memory wouldn’t be a ridiculously difficult thing to do, but it’d certainly bring Apple one step closer to phasing out the iPod Classic altogether in favour of a leaner device and bringing any and all new iPod owners within reach of its by now massively successful App Store.
We’ll be curious to see if Apple’s new hardware does boast that kind of capacity, and if it does, just how much it will set us back to get our hands on it.