Meanwhile, Samsung's semiconductor arm is killing it since it now manufactures premium chips for both Apple and Qualcomm. Selling the production to two of the world's largest silicon consumers should help Samsung stay afloat for the foreseeable future, even though semiconductor business is in decline. The Top 10 companies ranked by Gartner bought $123 billion worth of chips, accounting for 36.9 percent of worldwide revenue in 2015. This was down from 37.9 percent in 2014.
Speaking of decline, we get to learn that the Koreans' demand for chips actually decreased by some 3.6% in 2015, while that of Apple increased by 7.1% (and ended up responsible for an $800 million YoY increase in consumption). At this rate, the iPhone maker is projected to become the world's largest chip consumer by the end of 2016. Is Apple on a roll or what?
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