According to new research from Strategy Analytics, Apple accounted for 26% of the total revenue generated by the smartphone application processor market this year.
It is estimated that the market grew by 23% to $30.8 billion last year, with the top five companies being Qualcomm (first), MediaTek (second), Apple (third), Samsung (fourth), and Unisoc (5th).
Despite Mediatek’s 75 million-unit lead over Qualcomm, which came in second with a 26.3% market share, Qualcomm maintains its lead with a 37.7 percent share. Even so, Apple’s 26 percent share was just enough to beat out the competition. This year’s top five remained unchanged from last year, with the exception of Samsung.
The A-series chips in the iPhone 12 and the newer iPhone 13 are most likely to blame for this increase, although the report does not break down which of Apple’s smartphone chips was responsible.
The Snapdragon 888/888+, 750G, and 662 and Dimensity 700 series were the top-selling Android chips, while Google’s new Pixel tensor chip only accounted for 0.1% of the total.
More than a quarter of all smartphone access points shipped last year were 5G capable, an 84 percent year-over-year increase in shipments.
More than half of all smartphone APs shipped last year were manufactured by TSMC, a longtime supplier of Apple’s best iPhone chips.
Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone 14 later this year, but only the ‘Pro’ model will get a new processor, while the regular iPhone will continue to use the current model.