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We’ve been seeing reports that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal for Samsung to supply most of the chips for Apple iPhones and iPads, starting in 2016.
There's no confirmation from Apple, but there’s no denying that Samsung has been a major supplier for Apple, which could be surprising, considering they’re competitors.
Apple and Samsung have fought in court over patents. But, like many a squabbling couple, they find they need each other.
“It’s a complicated relationship,” says Jon Erensen, research director in the semiconductor group at Gartner.
Erensen says Samsung needs Apple because it’s a big player, ordering lots of chips. Apple needs Samsung because it can reliably spit out lots of chips for Apple products.
“They want to make sure they don’t create a bottleneck in their supply chain for a key component,” Erensen says.
But how can they be so intertwined, when they seem to hate each other? It’s simple. Samsung has compartmentalized its relationship with Apple.
“It’s different parts of Samsung," says Michael Palma, the IDC research manager for consumer semiconductors. "Samsung is a huge corporation. The chip business is run separately.”
So, while the Samsung division that sells phones may hate Apple, its chip business found a way to Apple’s heart.
A new report on child homelessness in America finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually.
The numbers represent a historic high and the root causes are primarily economic.
The study, published by the National Center on Family Homelessness, finds that as many as one in thirty children are homeless at some time during the year, an increase of 8 percent.
“The largest group is families that are doubled up and living place-to-place. They’re moving in with families and friends, and they’re kind of moving around a lot,” says Carmela DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness.
DeCandia says part of the reason for the shockingly high numbers is that previous studies on child and family homelessness often didn’t count families living outside the [homeless] shelter system.
High living costs are a particular problem in California, which accounts for more than one-fifth of all homeless children in the country, nearly 527,000.
According to the report, California's high cost of living means an average two-bedroom apartment in California costs $28/hour in income.
“Which means that that even if you had two parents working at minimum wage, they would still not be able to afford that kind of apartment,” notes Colette Auerswald, a pediatrician and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Minimum wage in California is $8/hr.
Auerswald says homeless children need to become a funding priority for state and federal agencies, much like chronically homeless adults and homeless veterans.