A new report is claiming that Apple was the largest buyer of semiconductor chips in 2020. According to Gartner, the tech giant had spent 53.6 billion USD (~RM216 billion) and took 11.9% of the global market share, representing 24% growth year-on-year. Let's read on to find out why Apple had to spend so much on semiconductors.
The Research Director Masatsune Yamaji from Gartner claims that Apple's position is mainly contributed by "the continued success of AirPods, special demand for Mac computers and iPads, and increasing NAND flash consumption." Meanwhile, "the increasing demand for mobile PCs and tablets due to working from home had also driven the production of Macs and iPads through 2020", not to mention that the company started to produce the in-house silicon as well for its Mac product line last year.
After Apple, Samsung is placed second by spending 36.4 billion USD (~RM147 billion) and taking 8.1% of the market, representing 20.4% growth year-on-year. Surprisingly, HUAWEI has also maintained its third position despite a big reduction in spending due to the trade ban. It is reported that Xiaomi had increased its spending the most by 26% among the top 10 companies as well in 2020.
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