A new insight into the smartphone app processor market from Strategy Analytics shows that Apple took 26% of the industry’s revenue last year.
The report says the market as a whole grew around 23% to $30.8 billion last year, with Qualcomm, MediaTek, Apple, Samsung and Unisoc rounding out the top five.
Qualcomm retains the lead with a 37.7% market share, despite Mediatek, which took second place with a 26.3% share, having a 75 million unit lead over the first. That was just enough to beat Apple’s 26% share. All but Samsung in the top five increased their share over the previous year.
While the report doesn’t specify which Apple smartphone chips drove the increase, it’s likely that the A-series chips in the iPhone 12 and new iPhone 13 are largely responsible.
The best-selling Android chips were Snapdragon’s 888/888+, 750G and 662 series and Dimensity 700, while Google took a paltry 0.1% share with its new Pixel Tensor chip.
5G was also a key driver of growth, with shipments of 5-G-enabled hotspots up 84% year-over-year, accounting for 46% of total smartphone hotspots shipped last year.
SA further states that TSMC, a leading supplier of Apple’s best iPhone chips, accounted for about 75% of all smartphone hotspots shipped last year.
Reports indicate that Apple will unveil a new iPhone 14 later this year, but only the ‘Pro’ variant of the lineup will get a new processor, with the standard iPhone retaining the current model.
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