What you need to know
- Apple was the world's leading semiconductor customer last year.
- That's thanks to increased demand for mobile PCs and tablets.
Apple remained the number one global semiconductor in 2020, according to new research from Gartner.
As reported by Digitimes:
According to the report, Samsung remained in second place, increasing spending by 20.4% in 2020 "due to weakened competition from Huawei and the strong demand for enterprise solid-state drives (SSD) for data centers."
Gartner reportedly notes that the top OEM's semiconductor spending was impacted most by the COVID-19 pandemic and tensions between Beijing and Washington. Accordingly, the pandemic weakened demand for 5G smartphones and impacted vehicle production, conversely driving demand for mobile PCs and gaming devices, as well as investment in cloud data centers.
Apple recently announced record revenues for Q1. From the results:
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
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