Sales of Apple's iPhone and new iPods slated for release later this year will mark the end of cheap flash memory for a time, and that means users may see fewer bargains on older digital music players or bundled flash memory cards.
The iPhone took off to a stellar start in its first weekend, as users braved long lines and the weather for a chance to buy one of the smartphones. Estimates vary, but at least one investment house, Goldman Sachs Group, believes sales the first weekend reached an astounding 700,000 units, and mainly on iPhones with 8GB of NAND flash memory on board for data storage. That's a lot more flash memory than the average handset, which normally comes with just 60MB on board and a slot for flash memory cards.
The NAND flash memory market could see even more pressure later this year if Apple chooses to use the chips instead of hard disc drives in its new lineup of iPods. Apple is expected to release new iPods later this year, including one that can download songs wirelessly using Wi-Fi, and has a touchscreen system similar to the iPhone, analysts say. Such new devices will not only likely attract buying from Apple's usual fan base, but could also put pressure on the NAND flash memory chip market.
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