Reports that Samsung has raised the price of the A-Series processors it supplies to Apple are wide of the mark, a source at the South Korean tech giant has claimed.
Earlier this week, rumours emerged that Samsung had recently levied the cost of the chipsets as much as 20 per cent, seemingly as a kind of shot across the bows to its rival Apple with whom it is currently embroiled in an increasingly vituperative legal face-off.
However, according to an unnamed Samsung exec cited by Hankyoreh, whose report was picked up on by The Street, that’s just not the case at all. In fact, processor prices were set in stone at the start of the year and “aren’t changed easily”.
The credence afforded the original price-rise story in the tech press is indicative of just how far relations between the two companies have deteriorated in recent years, as they continue to slap each other with lawsuits and countersuits over alleged patent infringements.
Samsung is purportedly contracted to supply Apple with processors until some time in 2014. Apple is known to be investigating alternatives as it bids to reduce its reliance on its competitor.
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