Nearly Half of All Smartwatches Shipped Last Quarter Were Apple Watches

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Watch was the world's most popular smartwatch by a significant margin last quarter, with an estimated 49.6 percent market share in the April-June period, according to data shared with MacRumors by research firm IDC.


    In other words, the Apple Watch accounted for just under half of all smartwatches shipped in the June quarter.

    IDC estimates Apple Watch shipments totaled 3.4 million units in the quarter, well ahead of runner-up Samsung's estimated 800,000 smartwatches shipped. Garmin trailed in third place with an estimated 600,000 shipments.

    IDC: worldwide smartwatch shipments (units in millions)

    Strategy Analytics estimated Apple Watch shipments totaled 2.8 million units last quarter, which is 600,000 lower, so there is clearly some discrepancy between the datasets. As it stands, only Apple knows exactly how many watches it has sold.

    Apple doesn't break out Apple Watch sales like it does with iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Instead, it groups the wearable under its "Other Products" category, alongside Apple TV, AirPods, Beats, iPods, and other accessories.

    Apple reported "Other Products" revenue of $2.7 billion in the June quarter, representing year-over-year growth of 23 percent.

    On a conference call in early August, Apple CEO Tim Cook did reveal that Apple Watch sales were up 50 percent in the June quarter.
    Quarterly smartwatch shipments totaled an estimated 6.9 million units overall, including 300,000 shipments by Fossil. IDC said it defines smartwatches as watches that can run third-party apps on the device itself.

    IDC reports that Apple trailed Chinese company Xiaomi by 100,000 shipments in the overall wearables market, but the broader category consists of many inexpensive fitness trackers and bands with limited functionality.

    "The transition towards more intelligent and feature-filled wearables is in full swing," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC. "For years, rudimentary fitness trackers have acted as a gateway to smartwatches and now we're at a point where brands and consumers are graduating to a more sophisticated device."

    Read More: Basic Trackers Take a Back Seat as Smartwatches Accelerate in the Second Quarter, According to IDC

    Article Link: Nearly Half of All Smartwatches Shipped Last Quarter Were Apple Watches
  2. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    I remember a constant onslaught of Apple Watch imminent failure predictions when it first launched. Shouldn't people know better by now?
  3. Red Oak macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
  4. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    What I'm sure has helped these sales is that Apple kept Series 1 and lowered the price. Good move!
  5. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    Smart watches are certainly cool, but I have so many device I need to charge each day that my head will explode if there is yet another device to charge. Maybe Apple will devise a micro nuclear power plant (satire) to power these devices and free us from the charging monster.
  6. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    I might consider the watch if it acted like a touch bar with a desktop Mac.
  7. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I work out every day and more and more people at my gym wear an apple watch.
  8. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    When it first launched? I don't remember the onslaught stopping.
  9. chetttos macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2014
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Absolutely agree. $350/$400.00 was to high of a price when the Sport model launched in 2015. When Series 1 was introduced at $269.00, it offered a more 'Entry' level price point where it should have been priced when it launched. Albeit, to reduce the price point of Series 1, it also changed the packaging contents and did not include the power brick.
  11. pradeepbabloo macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2016
    There is my contribution as well :)
    I am highly satisfied with the complaints as of yet!
  12. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    The smartwatch market today.

    The wearables market tomorrow.

    Onwards, Apple. All the way to the top!!!
  13. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    Why is that?

    Don't you take out and wear your watch every day?

    The Apple Watch is exactly the same, you just have a place you put it over.
  14. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I am surprised that the majority of smart watches were not the Apple watch. I guess I do not know what the other watches look like.
  15. Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    My personal trainer and virtually everyone at my gym has one.
  16. Nick Milner macrumors member

    Nick Milner

    Aug 15, 2017
    I wear a Samsung Gear S3, personally, as it actually looks like a watch. I just hate the look of the Apple Watch. :/
  17. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    You know it's bad when Fossil makes up 5% of the market.
  18. lazard macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    That people will buy anything with an Apple logo on it?
  19. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    Those who haven't bought yet do.
  20. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Exactly. The pebble at least gave you several days of charge...
  21. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    How do you like it? I have a fitbit HR 2, but am thinking about upgrading. I use an Android phone, so I don't think there is much support for it in the Apple watch.
  22. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It's still a relatively small market though, with only just over 2 million smartwatches a month sold worldwide.
  23. makingdots macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
    Wireless electricity will come someday. The true wireless charging.
  24. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    I was one of those people, kinda. I'd never bet against an Apple product for great sales, but I am still waiting to be whelmed by the Apple Watch. It's cool I guess, the performance has always sucked for me, but I think the Watch could utilize the buttons a little better.

    I'm a runner. I sweat when I run. I want to use the Watch to control music or Strava when I run. The Watch face is completely unusable with wet fingers. I get it, it's not really Apple's fault, they don't create display technology. They COULD create a workout mode where you didn't have to rely on the screen so much. For a device they tout as a workout essential, I leave it at home a lot while running. It's not worth the frustration. Apart from asking Siri for next song/start this song over/play certain song, the watch is nearly useless for workouts for me.

    I really want to like the Watch. It's the first Apple product in many years that I didn't love right out of the gate. Perhaps it's just not made for me.

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