Apple has 2-3 year lead with M-Series processors, says analyst

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What you need to know

  • The Arm-based mobile computing chip market grew 27% in 2021.
  • Apple held a 31% revenue share of the market.
  • For notebook PCs, the company commands an almost 90% revenue share.

The renaissance of the Mac is front and center when it comes to the market share of the Arm-based PC market.

A new report from Strategy Analytics, estimates that the Arm-based mobile computing chip market grew by 27% to $35.1 billion in 2021. According to the report, Qualcomm, Apple, and MediaTek held the top three revenue share positions.

Apple reportedly held 31% of the revenue share when looking at the entire Arm-based chip market, but things got even more commanding when looking specifically at the notebook market. Sravan Kundojjala, author of the report and Director of Handset Component Technologies service at Strategy Analytics, said that the company holds a 90% revenue share of that market due to the success of its M-Series processors.

"Apple established itself as a distant market leader in Arm-based notebook PC processors with almost 90 percent revenue share. Apple's M-series family of processors set the benchmark and gave Apple a 2–3-year lead over the rest of the Arm-based PC processor vendors. Qualcomm captured just 3 percent revenue share in the Arm-based notebook PC processor market in 2021 and lags Apple in CPU performance. Despite its low share, Qualcomm continues to invest in notebook PC processors with its Nuvia CPU cores. We believe that Arm-based notebook PC processor offers an attractive opportunity to Qualcomm, given the company's growing collection of high-performance processor assets including CPU, GPU, AI, audio, imaging, connectivity, gaming and security."

Apple has released a number of computers using its new M-Series processors already. In fact, the only computer left to receive its Arm-based processor is the Mac Pro which is due...any day now.

Speaking of M-Series, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which comes packed with the new M2 chip, is available for preorder tomorrow.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.