Research by In-Stat suggests that Apple could surpass Intel in terms of volume of processors shipped – for mobile devices that is – by the end of the year.
Apple took the silver medal in space year 2011AD, and it really doesn’t have far to go to close the gap on Intel.
Last year, Apple shipped an estimated 176 million mobile processors in iDevices such as the iPad and iPhone, accounting for 13.5% market share. Intel took pole position, largely thanks to laptops, with 13.9%.
Jim McGregor, In-Stat’s chief technology strategist and author of the report, reckons Apple will take first place this year. He points to the “continued success of the iPhone and iPad, as well as the stronger growth rates of the smartphone and tablet markets than PCs".
Amusingly, Apple’s chips are produced by its ‘sworn enemy’ Samsung, while Intel provides processors for Apple’s MacBooks. It’s all very incestual.
Intel’s processors are found on some tablets, however its smartphone presence is virtually zero. It’s looking to change that with the introduction of its Medfield chip, with Motorola, ZTE and Lenovo already signed up.
The research includes other mobile devices such as handheld consoles from Nintendo and Sony, however it doesn’t include desktops, where Intel is dominant.