“One indicator of healthy mobile device or PC sales is the amount of money a company spends on chips that go into those devices,” Agam Shah reports for IDG News Service.

“So it should come as no surprise that Apple was the world’s second-largest chip buyer last year, spending more than $29 billion, up by 7.1 percent compared to 2014, according to a study released by Gartner on Wednesday,” Shah reports. “Apple is now in a position to reclaim its position as the top chip buyer from Samsung, which spent $29.87 billion last year, a 3.6 percent decline.”

Shah reports, “A lot of the semiconductors were purchased for the iPhone, iPad and Macs.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Samsung does, however, maintain its global leads on both poor-fitting plastic casing and patent infringement.