Apple Silicon is driving down Intel’s computer market share

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Intel will experience a big decline in market share in 2022 as Apple further shifts away from Intel processors to Apple Silicon, Digitimes reports. It suggests that Intel will lose close to half its Apple orders this year. This is en route to Apple ditching all its Intel orders in the near future.

“Intel is expected to lose nearly 50% of its orders from Apple in 2021 and will eventually obtain no orders from the client,” the report said. “Losing Apple’s 10% market share and seeing AMD staying firmly with another 10%, Intel’s share in the notebook market is likely to slip below 80% in 2023, the sources noted.”

That leaves Intel a hugely dominant player in this market, but nonetheless hurts the company. Cupertino announced it would move away from Intel to Apple Silicon processors at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, then shipped the first M1 Macs at the end of 2020. For now, you can still buy Intel Macs from Apple but the company is gradually phasing them out.

Apple Silicon quickly supplants Intel processors in Macs

When Apple first showed off its M1 Macs, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said “we expect the transition to take about two years.”

While Apple and Intel haven’t had a public falling out, raw nerves have definitely been exposed. In a presentation at Computex 2021, Intel said its Windows laptops offer a “better gaming experience than 100% of Mac laptops.”

However, the M1-powered Macs continue to blow away reviewers and users alike. The MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini released last year earned rave reviews. And this year’s redesigned iMac continues to make waves as well. Federighi said the M1’s performance gains even shocked Apple insiders.

Meanwhile, while it’s not necessarily a dig at Intel so much as a hardware issue, many of macOS Monterey‘s most exciting features won’t be available on Intel Macs. This includes Live Text, Portrait mode for FaceTime video calls, and other features coming later this year. That’s because those new Mac features require Apple’s M1 chip.

Source: Digitimes