Thanks to the Apple iPad, the tablet processor dominates the market.

According to new estimates from research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple’s dominant lead in the tablet market translates into a strong lead in the field of application processors.

Apple led the tablet AP market with a 58% revenue share in the second quarter of 2021, Strategy Analytics said in a report released on Tuesday.

Intel came in second with 14% of the market, up 22% due to strong demand for Windows-based tablets. Qualcomm came in third with 10% share, while MediaTek and Samsung LSI made it into the top five.

“After registering five straight quarters in shipments, the tablet AP market share declined by 8% year-on-year,” said Saravan Kondujala, associate director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. In comparison, the tablet AP market saw a 23% increase in shipments.

Apple is designing its own A-series processors for the iPhone and iPad, with Silicon derived now M-series chips that power the Mac. TechDev supplies to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and currently does not supply its ARM-based silicon to other device makers.

Today’s results are in line with tablet market share data provided by IDC in August. Apple shipped 12.9 million iPads in the second quarter of 2021, accounting for 31.9 percent of the market. Samsung came in second with 8 million units for a 19.6 percent market share, followed by Lenovo with 4.7 million units and 11.6 percent market share.

Although Strategy Analytics has not accounted for Apple’s tablet app market, a significant portion of iPad models are premium devices such as the iPad Pro and iPad Air. Apple recently said that the 10.2-inch iPad, now in its ninth generation, is its most popular tablet.


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