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Report: Apple takes 26% of 2021 smartphone AP revenue

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Green iPhone 13 and Alpine Green iPhone 13 Pro and Midnight iPhone SE (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Strategy Analytics has released its insight into the 2021 smartphone applications processor market.
  • It says Apple took some 26% of the market share of revenue last year.
  • That is very close behind MediaTek, but a long way off leader Qualcomm.

New insight from Strategy Analytics into the smartphones applications processor market says that Apple took 26% of the revenue in the sector last year.

The report says that the market as a whole grew by some 23 percent to $30.8 billion last year, with Qualcomm, MediaTek, Apple, Samsung, and Unisoc rounding out the top five.

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Sa Apps (Image credit: Strategy Analytics)

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 former. That was only just enough to beat Apple's 26% share. All but Samsung in the top five increased their share from the year before.

While the report doesn't break down which of Apple's smartphone chips drove this increase, it is likely that the A-series chips in the iPhone 12 and newer iPhone 13 were largely responsible.

The top-selling Android chips were Snapdragon's 888/888+, 750G and 662, and Dimensity 700 series, while Google took a paltry 0.1% share with its new Pixel Tensor chip.

5G was also a big driving factor in the growth, with 5-G capable AP shipments up 84% year-on-year, accounting for 46% of total smartphone APs shipped last year.

SA further states that TSMC, a mainstay supplier of Apple's best iPhone chips, accounted for some 75% of all smartphone APs shipped last year.

Reports indicate Apple will unveil a new iPhone 14 later this year, but that only the 'Pro' variant in the lineup will get a new processor, with the regular iPhone retaining the current model.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

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.