In the market of semiconductors, Apple dominated 2011 as the number one buyer. Well, things have changed for the chip champion and in 2012, Samsung got the crown. According to market research company Gartner, Samsung spent $23.9 billion last year, which was a 29% increase year-over-year. Apple, on the other hand, only ponied up $21.4 billion for chips, a 14 percent increase from the previous year. [Source: Gartner]