Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Oct 2016 21:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The worldwide smartwatch market experienced a round of growing pains in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), resulting in a year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. According to data from the International Data Corporation, (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total smartwatch volumes reached 2.7 million units shipped in 3Q16, a decrease of 51.6% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 3Q15. Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that 3Q15 was the first time Apple's Watch had widespread retail availability after a limited online launch. Meanwhile, the second generation Apple Watch was only available in the last two weeks of 3Q16.

Only 2.7 million units worldwide? That's a rounding error. Apple experienced a 72% year-over-year decline in sales, to just 1.1 million Apple Watches in Q3 2016. No wonder Apple is refusing to release sales figures for the Apple Watch. Meanwhile, there's no new Android Wear devices coming out this year, and the next big Wear update has been postponed to next year, so Wear is effectively dead. Samsung, Pebble, and the others barely even register.

Of course, IDC, etc. etc., but even if these figures are off by, say, 10%, the smartwatch market is still looking like a flop.

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Meh
by Lazarus on Mon 24th Oct 2016 22:56 UTC
Lazarus
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2005-08-10

I might have been interested if so many of these damned things didn't require a smartphone to provide basic functionality.

Edited 2016-10-24 22:57 UTC

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RE: Meh
by sergio on Tue 25th Oct 2016 04:46 in reply to "Meh"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I might have been interested if so many of these damned things didn't require a smartphone to provide basic functionality.


100% agree... Apple Watch without the need of an iPhone could be a great solution to people who hate carrying a phone in their pockets (like me)... but adding just another gadget to carry and charge and update and sync is incredibly annoying and stupid!!

Apple Watch is one of the worst Apple products I've ever used, it's a shame without any vision, objective or clear purpose... launched to satisfy marketing department, just a "check" in the product offering in the best (worst) Microsoft tradition: "hey, every competitor is launching an smartwatch... we have to release one! no matter if it's late or sucks let's launch something!". Shame on you Tim Cook.

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RE[2]: Meh
by galvanash on Tue 25th Oct 2016 05:02 in reply to "RE: Meh"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Apple Watch is one of the worst Apple products I've ever used, it's a shame without any vision, objective or clear purpose...


Had it hit the market at $199 (totally doable) and had they avoided the retarded compulsion to try and sell "gold" versions for $10k it might have gained some traction, even with the requirement to pair it with an iPhone... At the current price point though, I totally agree, if it doesn't replace my phone I don't see the point in it.

It doesn't matter though - I completely lost interest in the product after the "edition" bullshit. Apple can't unring that bell for me.

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RE[2]: Meh
by darknexus on Tue 25th Oct 2016 20:17 in reply to "RE: Meh"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

100% agree... Apple Watch without the need of an iPhone could be a great solution to people who hate carrying a phone in their pockets

I second that. However, I suspect battery technology has a bit of a way to go before we can squeeze enough juice into that small of a space to power all the radios, considering that the darned thing can barely get a day just being a glorified notification LED.

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RE[2]: Meh
by patrix on Wed 26th Oct 2016 14:30 in reply to "RE: Meh"
patrix Member since:
2006-05-21

The ironic thing in your story is that everyone else was hurrying to release a smartwatch because of all the rumors about Apple releasing one. So they were both chasing after each other's hype! LOL

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