Apple Dominates Wearable Technology
15 November, 2017 | Technology
Smartwatches dominate the wearable technology market, and Apple now holds the crown after reports suggest that they had shipped an estimated 3.9 million units during the third quarter of 2017.
This means they have taken the top spot due to the recent release of the Apple Watch Series 3 in September.
Apple’s main competition is Xiaomi, who took the top spot last quarter with 3.6 million units, followed by Fitbit that shipped 3.5 million units.
In the last quarter, all wearable technology makers shipped 17.3 million units in total.
Smartwatches are gaining popularity, but while sales of fitness tracking bands still hold a huge share of the market, sales have been declining in recent quarters.
This is the first time Apple has taken the top spot, but it could lead to a long reign at the top since Apple has finally released the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE-connectivity. Many analysts now believe that this might be a turning point for wearable tech from smartwatches being considered a pointless extension of the iPhone to an essential independent device.
Estimates suggest that Apple has already shipped a massive 800,000 LTE-enabled devices, which makes it likely that Apple’s Series 3 will dominate the market even more in the fourth quarter coming up to Christmas.
Although Samsung and Fitbit will likely try to stop this with their new smartwatch offerings, it isn’t likely to do much damage to Apple’s sales. If estimates are correct, Apple could ship up to 4.5 million units by the end of the year and a total of 20 million until in 2018.
Apple refused to disclose the Apple Watch sales so we can’t be sure if these numbers are correct, but considering their insane revenue figures and the fact Apple Watches are becoming noticeably more popular, we can easily assume that Apple will dominate wearable technology for the foreseeable future.