Apple reportedly makes up more than 20% of all of TSMC's chip revenue

Macbook Air M1
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What you need to know

  • Apple uses TSMC for chips like the A14 Bionic, M1, and more.
  • Apple reportedly accounts for more than 20% of all TSMC chip revenue.

Apple reportedly accounts for more than 20% of the revenue TSMC brings in via chip manufacturing, according to a new report.

Apple uses TSMC as the manufacturer for its A-series chips, found in iPhones and iPads. The A15 Bionic is expected to power the upcoming iPhone 13, for example. But more recently the company also began producing the M-series chips, including those that power the hugely impressive M1 iMac — one of the best Macs available for the vast majority of people.

The number comes courtesy of a paywalled DigiTimes report that cites industry sources.

Apple has been TSMC's largest client, with its chip orders for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch continuing to account for more than 20% of the foundry's total wafer revenue, according to industry sources.

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TSMC's fortunes have long been directly linked to how well Apple's iPhones have been selling. With its fingers also in the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch pies, the company does at least now have a more diverse number of products on which it relies.

In the case of Apple's chips, the company designs them in-house and has TSMC build them for it. That's a process that other companies have begun to copy, including Google with the recently announced Pixel 6 devices.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.