According to fresh data coming from HIS iSupply Apple is expected to remain the world’s largest chip buyer and is estimated to spend a total of $28 billion on them this year alone. Due to increasing demand on Apple products, the company will have to stock up on semiconductors in order to ensure lower prices and fast shipping.
The Cupertino group experienced a surge in chip orders in 2011, beefing up demand with 34.6%. Apple’s chip spending shares are now situated at 5.7%, while Samsung’s and HP’s are at 5.5%.
"It’s well known that Apple has already conquered the smartphone and tablet segments—but behind the scenes the company is engaging in another kind of conquest: the dominance of the electronics supply chain," stated Myson Robles-Bruce, HIS senior analyst for semiconductor spending and design activity.
The demand for iPhones, Mac and especially iPads has been growing tremendously in the past year. And of course with the upcoming releases of the next generation iPhone, iPad mini and the entire host of Retina Display MacBooks, Apple is going to have its hands full. Cupertino just reported that it sold over 17 million iPads in the quarter that just ended and experienced a massive growth of 84% compared to the year 2011.
Nokia turned out to be one of the losers in the chip affairs for 2011. Their chip spending dropped to 20.1% thus becoming the 5th chip client.