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How the "Apple Tax" Boosts Prices on iPod & iPhone Accessories — Third-party manufacturers speak out in big investigation: Hush-hush deal for exclusive chips and licensing fees of up to 10 percent per gadget is making basic products like iPhone video cable cost up to 10 times more! “If we didn’t have to pay Apple for the dock and auth chip, we could have made a much better speaker the same price,” says a source.