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Capitalism: Check how much Apple is ripping you, Part 2
  • Let's focus on three components.

    Batteries

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    DDR4 RAM

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    you can see cartel agreement results in longer chart

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    For example, Samsung used huge money they got during peaks to finance NAND and DRAM new equipment that Apple orders required.

    For NAND same cartel also financed lot of Apple needs (but spent 90% of money on luxury things themselfs, of course)

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    I won't add here changes in CPU contract prices, as 4 core i7 Intel CPU now cost Apple around 30-50% of it's cost only 2 years ago.

    Yet somehow you almost can't see any of this trends in Apple devices prices (or options prices). And note Apple do not get their parts at average market prices, as usually Apple gets one of the biggest discounts in the industry, both for components and even for boards production.

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  • Mac Pro's

    I found the CAS latency of Apple’s DDR4 ECC RAM. How? First I found their upgrade kit, looked at the part number on the memory chips, searched Micron and found the full part number, found their technical doc and found the latency, and whoop… CL22. The cheapest ECC Micron sells.

    Price is around 5-6x of same retail memory and around 8x from Apple contract price.

  • Most of new super expensive Mac Pro's (all or almost all that ship outside US) are not assembled in US, but Apple use their usual subcontractors (like Foxconn) in China. Apple used to tell that US production is main reason of top prices. Despite this price is the same here.

  • Apple has informed its upstream partners it will stop paying non-recurring engineering (NRE) fees for the development of new iPhones' chassis and metal frames.

    Apple's products, despite their rising sales, may not always guarantee reasonable profits for the manufacturing partners.

    As it has reached a bottleneck as far as profits from hardware are concerned, Apple is pushing services, cutting hardware costs, and tightening control of the supply chain.

    As far as I talked - no one likes Apple and their approach to partners. Most of the big partners still work with Apple because it brings nice profits from other companies that follow Apple steps.

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  • Apple is reportedly accelerating plans to diversify its manufacturing risks by removing more of its production out of China, with sources from the supply chain claiming that the vendor is relocating some capacity for iPhone to India and acoustic devices such as AirPods and HomePod to Vietnam.

    All they do is moving assembly lines with low qualified workers to places where it is cheaper. So top managers and investors can get more profits.