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Apple vs The Galaxy! Exploding iPhones?

Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Samsung, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple vs The Galaxy! Exploding iPhones?

AppleAs if Apple’s war with Samsung, a pivotal supplier …or it’s recent brush with price-fixing, weren’t enough, the gadget giants products are now electrocuting users?

Apple says it will investigate claims that an iPhone electrocuted a Chinese woman who was making a call while charging the device. The case drew attention – both sympathetic and sceptical – after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister Ma Ailun on China’s popular microblog service Sina Weibo.

China is Apple’s second largest market, it’s products, many of them made in the country, are highly sought after. But the company came under criticism from state media in April for alleged “arrogance” and double standards, prompting an apology from chief executive Tim Cook. The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, berated the US company for five days running, urging consumers to “strike away Apple’s unparalleled arrogance” ::::

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“We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter,” said Apple’s Beijing-based spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, offering condolences to the family.

The state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday that local police had confirmed Ms Ma died of electrocution but “have yet to verify if her phone was involved”. Ms Ma’s sister warned others not to talk on their iPhones while charging them, saying on Weibo on Saturday: “Hope Apple can give an explanation!”

“What a shame, to pass away like this,” she wrote of her sister.

Weibo users expressed concern about the potential danger but also questioned if it was real.

“If the accidents are real, let’s be more careful when using our mobiles,” one person said, but added: “Is someone trying to smear Apple?”

China is Apple’s second largest market and its iPhones and other products, many of them made in the country, are highly popular. But the company came under torrents of criticism from state media in April for alleged “arrogance” and double standards, prompting an apology from chief executive Tim Cook.

The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, slammed the firm for five days in a row, urging consumers to “strike away Apple’s unparalleled arrogance”. Chinese consumers had to pay almost $90 for new back covers for their devices, even though they were free in other markets, local media reported at the time.

In a Chinese-language letter, Mr Cook said “we sincerely apologise for any concerns or misunderstanding”. Apple had “many things we have to learn” about operating in the country, he added.

All Over The News For ALL the Wrong Reasons

Last week A US judge has ruled that Apple conspired to raise the retail prices of ebooks in violation of antitrust law, and called for a trial on damages, in a decision that could reshape how books are sold online.

The decision by US District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan is a victory for the US government and various states, which the judge said are entitled to injunctive relief.

Apple had been accused of colluding with five publishers to boost ebook prices beginning in late 2009, as the Silicon Valley giant was preparing to launch its popular iPad tablet.

The US Department of Justice said this conspiracy was designed to undercut online retailer Amazon’s dominance of the fast-growing e-books market. Each of the five publishers originally named in the US government’s civil lawsuit settled the case, leaving Apple to stand trial alone.

Among the publishers settling the case, the largest was with Penguin for $75 million, while a settlement with Hachette, Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster created a $69 million fund for refunds to consumers. Macmillan settled for $26 million.

Justice Cote said the conspiracy resulted in prices for some e-books rising to $12.99 or $14.99, when Amazon had sold for $9.99.

Amazon held “wholesale” contracts with publishers in which it set prices. Apple’s contracts shifted to an “agency” model where publishers set the price in exchange for a 30 per cent commission to Apple.

Prior to Apple’s entry, the publishers would complain about Amazon’s $9.99 price at private dinners in fancy New York restaurants, but each feared taking on the Internet giant alone.

“The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise ebook prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy,” she said.

“Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the spring of 2010.”

Justice Cote issued her 159-page decision after a non-jury trial that ended on June 20.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook had said ahead of the trial that the California firm would not settle, claiming it had done nothing wrong but was merely pursuing normal business practices.

Apple says it will appeal against the ruling. Almost overnight, consumers had to pay more for ebooks as a result of Apple’s push for competition in the market.

It all goes back to 2007, when Amazon was trying to drive sales of its Kindle by selling popular ebooks at a loss. Under the wholesale model, it bought ebooks for $US13 and sold them for $US9.99.

Judge Denise Cote found publishers feared consumers would grow accustomed to the cheaper ebooks and that would erode prices for all books.

In late 2009, Apple proposed an agency model where publishers controlled the prices and Apple got a 30 per cent cut. But a key part of the deal was that if someone sold ebooks at a cheaper price, it could match it.

It meant if Amazon continued to sell books at $US9.99, Apple could do the same – meaning publishers would only get $US7.69, even less than they were getting under the wholesale model.

Judge Cote said Apple made clear to the publishers there was nobody else but the tech giant that could do it, and it was most likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The major publishers went back to Amazon and threatened to restrict new ebook releases, forcing the company’s hand.

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Samsung’s Sampson Like Grip

The Wall Street Journal – WSJ – Online also reported earlier this month that Apple was having huge problems divorcing Samsung – it’s major component and chip supplier – WSJ said for evidence, look no further than Apple’s effort to find a company other than it’s rival Samsung to make the sophisticated chip brains used in Apple’s iPads and iPhones.

in what seemed like an out from the toxic relationship, Apple this month – after years of technical delays – finally signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to make some of the chips starting in 2014, a TSM executive told WSJ. The process had been beset by glitches preventing the chips from meeting Apple’s speed and power standards, TSM officials said.

Samsung has been exclusively making chips for Apple’s iOS devices since the first iPhone shipped in 2007. WSJs report that Apple would switch to TSMC for next year’s iOS portfolio, seems now to be a premature celebration according to a local Korean publication.

Apple’s 2015 iOS devices will use Samsung’s 14 nanometer FinFET technology, starting with the iPhone 7. Which raises the question, why would Apple switch to TSM for just one device, iPhone 6?

Is Apple planning to rely on both TSM and Samsung for different product lines? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until Chipworks breaks out its microscopes to find out what’s really going on.

However, according to The Korea Herald, industry sources say Samsung and Apple may have signed a three year contract in May for this new technology.

Apple vs Samsung

A year ago the Apple vs Samsung war warmed up with Apple being awarded $1.051 billion in damages after a United States jury determined that Samsung copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad.

The verdict might have lead to an outright ban on sales of key Samsung products, clearly however, this never eventuated.

Apple’s charges that Samsung copied its designs and features are widely viewed as an attack on Google and its Android software, which drives most of Samsung’s devices and has become the most-widely-used mobile software.

Apple and Samsung, two companies that sell more than half the world’s smartphones and tablets, have locked legal horns in several countries over the years.

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