PARIS -- Apple is the biggest buyer of microprocessors today -- and it's getting bigger.
The semiconductor industry produces all kinds of chips for memory, running software, communicating over networks, and more. And Apple, by virtue of its booming iPhone and iPad business, is a voracious consumer, said Dale Ford, head of IHS iSuppli's electronics and semiconductor research business. Samsung is in second place, and also growing fast, he added, speaking at the analyst firm's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Summit here.
In 2009, Apple was one of the herd, spending about $9 billion on semiconductors. This … Read more