Samsung has announced that it is producing 64-layer 512 GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) NAND chips for smartphones and other mobile devices. The chips boast 860 MB/s sequential read and 255 MB/s sequential write speeds, and 42k/40k random read/write IOPS.
Toshiba has announced its own 64-layer UFS chips ranging from 32 GB to 256 GB.
Also at Engadget and ZDNet.
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even though your current magic crystals work just fine.
Oh, don't worry. Your* non-replaceable battery will ever weaken as it reaches towards its max number of charge cycles, and your* non-replaceable flash memory will begin dropping data as it reaches towards its maximum number of write cycles, and the increasingly bloated and ever-higher-level abstracted (and ever-less-functional, and ever-poorer user-interface-laden) apps you* buy will eat both of those resources ever faster as the resources themselves shrink day by day...
...and you* will want those new magic crystals, or you* won't be able to post your latest angst-fest on fleecebook and twaddle.
New magic crystals for everyone!* Yay!
* Not necessarily you you, but the generic "you" that makes up the vast majority of the marketplace.