Apple Facing 20 Percent Price Hike on Samsung Processors | News & Opinion |

Apple is getting to find out what happens when you attack your suppliers…

Apple is going to have to dig a little deeper into its pockets for every iPhone and iPad it produces, according to a new report.

MarketWatch, citing South Korean daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo, reported on Sunday that Samsung has increased the price of mobile processors supplied to Apple for use in its iDevices by 20 percent. Chosun Ilbo apparently heard about the price hike from an unnamed person familiar with negotiations between Apple and Samsung.

“Samsung Electronics recently asked Apple for a significant price raise in (the mobile processor known as) application processor,” the source said, according to MarketWatch.

As could be expected, the new price didn’t initially sit well with Apple. “Apple first disapproved it, but finding no replacement supplier, it accepted the (increase),” the source added.

via Apple Facing 20 Percent Price Hike on Samsung Processors | News & Opinion |

I must say that it really wasn’t smart for Apple to attack Samsung over the design of some of their older phones, sure they got some money from Samsung in the US and Germany, but now they’re probably going to pay it back with higher fees from Samsung, which is a major supplier of parts for the iPhone and iPad.  I wonder what’s going to happen next.


SOPA lives—and MPAA calls protests an “abuse of power”

MPAA, All I can do is a facepalm over this…

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has looked at tomorrow’s “Internet blackout” in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—and it sees only a “gimmick,” a “stunt,” “hyperbole,” “a dangerous and troubling development,” an “irresponsible response,” and an “abuse of power.”

Wikipedia, reddit, and others are going dark to protest the legislation, while sites like Scribd and Google will also protest. In response, MPAA chief Chris Dodd wheeled out the big guns and started firing the rhetoric machine-gun style. His statement feels unusually angry for the normally unruffled trade group, but the MPAA has long asserted that Google simply wants to profit from piratical ad money.

via SOPA lives—and MPAA calls protests an “abuse of power”.

As one of the commenters said, pot call the kettle black.