In an upcoming report, In-Stat finds that Apple is on track to surpass Intel in processor sales. While Intel is entering the smartphone space, Apple may use its own chips in Macs.
Apple is on
track to overtake Intel as the world's top mobile processor company, research
firm In-Stat is expected to announce in an upcoming report, according to Infoworld.
Apple uses its
proprietary information in building the A4, A5 and A5X processors used in its
iPhones and iPadsor rather, provides the brains to the brawn of Samsung's foundry
least in some cases. PCs are now Intel's major domain; but with global PC
shipments seeing sub-2-percent growth last year, while smartphone sales
soar and tablet sales remain on a track to overshoot PC sales, Apple could
handily beat out Intel.
notes that Intel last year shipped 181 million processors for a 13.9 percent
market share, while Apple shipped 176 million, for a share of 13.5 percent.
continued success of the iPhone and iPad, as well as the stronger growth rates
of the smartphone and tablet markets than PCs" will help it catch up to
Intel, Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat, said in the
report, according to Infoworld.
its Medfield chips, the code name for its Atom processor Z2460, is aggressively
working to get into the smartphone and tablet space, which could considerably
increase its market share.
Consumer Electronics Show in January, Intel announced a multiyear strategic agreement with
, which will use the chips in its smartphones beginning in
the second half of 2012.
At the Mobile
World Congress event in February, Intel also revealed plans
to build a smartphone
with European carrier Orange, as well as phones with China-based ZTE, the
world's fifth-largest phone maker.
The very first
Intel Atom phone, however, will be the Lenovo K800, which features a 4.5-inch
display, the Android operating system and support for Evolved High-Speed Packet
Access (HSPA+) 4G technology. It's headed for China Unicom, where it should go
on sale during the second quarter.
it's rumored that Apple may similarly expand in the opposite direction. While
Apple currently uses Intel chips in its Mac computers, there's talk that it may
soon develop ARM-based chips of its own for these as well.
February, The Guardian
reported on a paper, authored by a former Apple intern and published by the
Delft University of Technology in Holland, on how in 2010 Apple spent resources
working to get the kernel of Mac OS X running on the ARM architecturewhich it
succeed in doing.
thought is that while such a thing could offer superior battery life, it could
slow things down, even on a light machine like the MacBook Air. The predominant
thinking at this point is that Apple will eventually make such a move, but not
until it is absolutely certain that all risk has been worked out of the deal.
In the In-Stat
report, McGregor reportedly adds that Apple's eventually expected switch to its
own processors is the motivation driving Intel into the Ultrabook space.
successful Apple is," said McGregor, "the more credibility it adds to
the entire ARM camp and the more competitive the ARM camp becomes as a
"It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next few
years, but it will be the consumers that ultimately decide the fates of the
companies and technologies involved."