You can buy your smartphone chipsets off the shelf or you can design your own.
Apple prefers the latter, and the teams of semiconductor engineers it has assembled are the envy of the industry.
Ben Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies and the voice of Techpinions, is the only analyst I know who has worked as a semiconductor software engineer. He’s toured the Asian supply chain and he believes Apple has an edge in proprietary, custom-made silicon that even Samsung will be hard-pressed to duplicate.
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