As iOS sales grow, who benefits? The gyroscope market!

Apple is now taking most of the smartphone profits, but some component manufacturers are coming along for the ride. Sales of gyroscopes rose 66 percent in 2011 over the prior year as record iOS device sales pushed the small motion sensor market to new highs.

iPhone 4 Sensors Highlight a Bright Spot for VCs

The fourth-generation iPhone launched yesterday, complete with several new microelectromechanical systems (MEMs), which are increasingly an integral part of our gadgets, translating the physical world into the digital one. That’s great for a variety of old-school semiconductor manufacturers as well as some later-stage startups.