Samsung reportedly hits Apple with 20% price increase for iPhone, iPad chips

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Samsung has allegedly increased the price of its mobile processors by 20 percent for just one company: Apple.

Details on the price hike were published on Monday by Chosun Ilbo, via MarketWatch. The details come from an unnamed person allegedly familiar with negotiations between the two companies.

The person indicated that Samsung asked for a "significant price raise" for building chips such as the A6 chip found in the iPhone 5 and the A6X processor that powers the fourth-generation iPad.

Apple apparently balked at the terms of the deal at first, but eventually accepted the 20 percent price hike, as it could not find any other company to build its mobile processor.

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All of Apple's application processors for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are made by Samsung. The company produces the chips at its fabrication plant in Austin, Tex.

Samsung is expected to build a total of 200 million chips for Apple this year. The companies have allegedly signed a long-term supply contract through 2014.

Although though Samsung remains the sole supplier of Apple's custom chips found in the iPhone and iPad, the company has long been rumored to be pursuing a chipmaking partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. One report from last month claimed that TSMC could begin building quad-core 20-nanometer chips for Apple as soon as late 2013.

And in October it was said that Apple was getting "serious" about moving chip production away from Samsung. Around the same time, Apple also hired away former Samsung chip designer Jim Mergard, who also designed and developed chips for AMD for 16 years.

Last week, one report claimed that Samsung was expecting to lose a portion of its future chip orders from Apple. It indicated that the Korean electronics company may put off construction of a new fabrication facility because of the expected decrease in orders.
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  • Reply 1 of 109


    no more volume discount for Apple?

  • Reply 2 of 109


    Rival companies like Samsung pulling shit like this is exactly why Apple is so religious about doing everything they possibly can themselves.

  • Reply 3 of 109


    This doesn't make sense for Samsung from a business perspective.  They need Apple's money.  Apple's already mad at them over the patent infringement and counter lawsuits.  Driving up the prices for them alone will just make Apple more likely to find/create competing chip-makers to take over production for them at the earliest possible moment.  


     


    In what way could Samsung benefit from this decision in the long term?

  • Reply 4 of 109
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 19,684member


    Keep in mind it's just another rumor originating from the Korean press. 

  • Reply 5 of 109
    neo42neo42 Posts: 287member


    It's likely the Apple was getting a healthy discount before deciding to scale back their dependence on Samsung.  Only makes sense that Samsung is going to raise prices to make up for the loss in high volume profits-- as any other company would.  If Apple doesn't want to work with Samsung, why should Samsung work with Apple (to provide a good deal)?

  • Reply 6 of 109
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,584member
    Fk samsung. They are a disgusting scumbag company. The faster apple can dump them the better. And FK the UK judge at the same time. Apparently morons abound not only in the US, but in the UK as well.
  • Reply 7 of 109
    I fear this may be passed on to the customer - but Apples pricing structure seems to be engrained in their customer base. Any changes could result in a backlash.
  • Reply 8 of 109
    That is good news for the Americans working in that Austin fab, no? That is good for the US economy, no? Personally I don't care if Apple increases the price. We probably have less whiners if they do because less people can afford it.
  • Reply 9 of 109

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shunnabunich View Post


    Rival companies like Samsung pulling shit like this is exactly why Apple is so religious about doing everything they possibly can themselves.




     


    Seriously, Apple initiated all those lawsuits against Samsung, Apple's largest supplier, and you didn't see this coming? 

  • Reply 10 of 109

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post


    Keep in mind it's just another rumor originating from the Korean press. 



    Chosun Ilbo is not exactly like the KoreaTimes.com


     


    The report claims that they verified the source - unlike the Koreatime.com citing some dubious unnamed Samsung executive. 

  • Reply 11 of 109
    neo42neo42 Posts: 287member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FreeRange View Post



    Fk samsung. They are a disgusting scumbag company. The faster apple can dump them the better. And FK the UK judge at the same time. Apparently morons abound not only in the US, but in the UK as well.


     


    You don't understand how business works.  If you were supplying a client with massive volumes of product at low profit margin and they decided to stop buying from you, what would YOU do?

  • Reply 12 of 109


    Welcome to the harsh reality of the business world. Vendors do this all the time in other sectors. Is it dirty? absolutely. Frankly I see this as Samsung saying, hey you want to go, there's the door. Obviously they don't appear to care if Apple is a part of their business or not. regardless of what we think it means to them.

  • Reply 13 of 109



    #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }
    Build your own factories, Apple. Build them in America.


     


    'American Made' will make you the undisputed king, and would shut Apple hating, foreign company loving Fandroids, the Hell up.


     


     


     

  • Reply 14 of 109
    rayzrayz Posts: 814member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Neo42 View Post


    It's likely the Apple was getting a healthy discount before deciding to scale back their dependence on Samsung.  Only makes sense that Samsung is going to raise prices to make up for the loss in high volume profits-- as any other company would.  If Apple doesn't want to work with Samsung, why should Samsung work with Apple (to provide a good deal)?



     


    True enough, and I imagine that Apple expected this. It's worth the short term hit, IMO. The sooner they're shot of Samsung, the better.

  • Reply 15 of 109


    Remember the story that Samsung was stopping the supply of ALL chips to Apple. Another bogus FUD story along with the news of an imminent iPhone 5s. Pathetic that "news sources" release lies.

  • Reply 16 of 109
    rayzrayz Posts: 814member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tooltalk View Post


    Chosun Ilbo is not exactly like the KoreaTimes.com


     


    The report claims that they verified the source - unlike the Koreatime.com citing some dubious unnamed Samsung executive. 



     


    The details come from an unnamed person allegedly familiar with negotiations between the two companies.


     


    Yup, that's always a winner.

  • Reply 17 of 109
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,370member


    20% increase from what? come on people, this could be a 20% increase over the previous chip and if you are integrating more functionality in the a chip pricing some times goes up not down. As long as the 20% increase is still less than buying the individual piece then it not a cost increase for the product.


     


    Making a statement about a 20% increase without providing the reference point is meaningless.

  • Reply 18 of 109
    rayzrayz Posts: 814member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TeeJay2012 View Post


    Remember the story that Samsung was stopping the supply of ALL chips to Apple. Another bogus FUD story along with the news of an imminent iPhone 5s. Pathetic that "news sources" release lies.



     


    And it turns out that the stories about Samsung cutting screen supplies to Apple were also untrue.


     


    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57537773-37/samsung-says-its-still-supplying-lcd-panels-to-apple/

  • Reply 19 of 109
    fracfrac Posts: 480member
    tooltalk wrote: »
    Hmmmn...quote not working.

    Seriously, Samsung instigated copying of Apples products, their main customer...and you didn't see this coming?

    *flips coin*
  • Reply 20 of 109


    Originally Posted by tooltalk View Post

    Seriously, Apple initiated all those lawsuits against Samsung, Apple's largest supplier, and you didn't see this coming? 


     


    Is it even possible for you to be this dense? 

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