Toshiba is struggling to survive and is seeing itself forced to sell its crown jewels, which includes the NAND flash memory unit. There are a lot of potential bidders for the chip unit but a deal is complicated by anti-trust concerns as well as worries about critical technologies falling into the hands of overseas buyers.
Now Japanese public broadcast NHK reports Apple is one of the parties interested in Toshiba's chip business. The goal here is to supply a steady stream of memory for its mobile devices, and Apple is even considering a joint bid with Foxconn:
But Japanese government officials have expressed concerns about Toshiba selling critical technologies to overseas buyers. Sources say that in response, Apple would have Toshiba keep some shares so the Japanese and US firms combined, will have a majority stake.
Apple executives are also considering teaming up with Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn. The Taiwanese maker is trying to acquire about 30 percent of the stake, and call on Japanese firms to join them.