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Apple Watch turns one; device sold twice as many units in its first year as the OG iPhone did

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Apple Watch turns one; device sold twice as many units in its first year as the OG iPhone did
Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Apple Watch. And according to some analysts, it was quite a first year for Apple's newest product since 2010's Apple iPad. Wall Street analysts estimate that Apple sold 12 million watches in its first year, accounting for 61% of global smartwatch sales. At an average price of $500 for each unit sold, the watch is believed to have brought in $6 billion in revenue for Apple.

Not that this necessarily is a sign of its future popularity, but Apple's smartwatch sold twice the number of units in its rookie year than the 6 million handsets Apple sold during the iPhone's first year. Still, not everyone raves about the timepiece, with some calling it slow and others complaining that the watch has yet to reach that level of being "indispensable." But those complaining are definitely in the minority. A survey conducted last week among 1150 Apple Watch users by Wristly, found that 93% of Apple Watch users were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their smartwatch.

Apple is reportedly working on the next version of the Apple Watch. Said to be thinner and carrying a faster processor, Apple Watch owners are hoping that the second generation model will connect to a cellular network using an eSIM. This would allow the Apple Watch to make or take phone calls directly from the user's wrist, and would allow the unit to function without being paired to an Apple iPhone. We expect to see the second generation Apple Watch some time later this year.

Just the other day, Apple announced that any new app developed for watchOS 2 and submitted to the App Store starting on June 1st, would have to run as a native app instead of streaming from a paired iPhone. This would make opening apps on the Apple Watch faster and smoother.

source: WSJ

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posted on 24 Apr 2016, 16:57 2

1. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1044; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)

Twice means nothing, I think apples mobile user base has multiplied a lot more than that since the first iPhone launch but only a small portion of it really bought the apple watch, which proves apple watch really has failed actually. But this could be said for all the smart watches I guess, so nothing against apple, smart watches are actually not convenient but more of a inconvenience.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 17:42 1

4. nctx77 (Posts: 2405; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

It doesn't matter if the user base has grown or whatever your talking about. There are other variables at play here. A phone is something that most look at as a nessecity. A smart watch is not needed at all. Secondly, what electronic product of this type and price range can claim 12 million units in the first year? Third, it owns 61 percent of the smart watch market out the gate as a first gen device. If the watch has failed, what exactly are you comparing it to?

posted on 25 Apr 2016, 07:57

13. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

What kills me about this watch is all the proprietary bands and accessories. The Bands from Apple start at 5 times the price of regular watch bands, and go up from their. Which is a complete joke. Is Apples leather or stainless steel bands that much better than what has been on the market for like a hundred years now. Please its a farse.

I had a talk with a guy the other day who was telling me that the aluminum in his Apple watch was better than the Stainless steel in my watch. I asked him then why does Apple charge another $200 for the steel watch. Then he went on telling me that it has Sapphire Crystal. There is no way on this planet that a tiny watch face has even $10 of Sapphire Crystal. When I see other OEMs release smart watches like the Huawei watch for $350 and it has stainless steel, Sapphire Crystal, and a higher resolution display, Milanese band or stainless steel link band for less money or the same money as a Apple watch sport with its rubberized band. Then the world has to know that Apple is fleecing its customers.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 17:22 8

2. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Still no numbers from Apple, so this amounts to a guess at the number shipped.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 19:15 3

7. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

just wait.. one and half more day till their red quarter report :D

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 19:22

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 2689; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

11B in net profits is nowhere near red....lol You will be long dead before Apple starts losing money.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 23:44

12. 2.5GHz (banned) (Posts: 270; Member since: 03 Apr 2016)

Apple's iPhone sales are slowing down already. They'll beging losing money soon enough.

posted on 25 Apr 2016, 10:18 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Come back as 2.6GHz

posted on 26 Apr 2016, 03:35

19. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

He was the "adreno" guy who came back as 2.5Ghz. Look at the no, of posts. Within 20 days he managed to post 270 times

posted on 25 Apr 2016, 10:28 2

16. iushnt (Posts: 2272; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

That's too much exaggeration..

posted on 27 Apr 2016, 03:53

20. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

did you even know what red is?

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 17:36

3. nctx77 (Posts: 2405; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

I've been saying those numbers for a while now. The problem with the Apple Watch is not the watch itself. If the people that are reviewing it a mature product and not a first gen device.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 18:26

5. aegislash (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)

Someone needs to give Alan F. a raise, because they've written more articles this past month than any other author on here.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 19:09

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Alan F is a he, not a "they've". IJS...

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 19:17

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I bought one about a month after I got my Gear S, and I love it. It's a great companion device, and as a fitness addict, it's absolutely great for me. One thing I love about it, and my Gear S doesn't do it, is you can have the stop watch and timer on the screen and running at the same time. I know most people don't care, but it matters to me.

Any one that does HIIT High Intensity Interval Training will know how important that small thing is. It's the preferred of my two smart watches for workouts. The Gear is a much better standalone, but It didn't even come with a stop watch or timer, and the third party ones don't run on screen together.

Any Apple users, that are into fitness and on the fence about buying one should give it a try, or wait for the 2.

posted on 25 Apr 2016, 10:31 1

17. iushnt (Posts: 2272; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

What do you think of gear s2 classic?

posted on 25 Apr 2016, 17:53

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Tried it in store, and liked it, but I'm not really a round watch fan. Very nice looking though.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 19:21

9. jeroome86 (Posts: 2127; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Still on the fence about a smart watch. Think I'll wait for the 2nd gen and what ever else might come out. May just get a G shock for now.

posted on 24 Apr 2016, 19:23

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I think the 2 will be much better, but I'm good with the 1 for now...unless the looks and features blow me away, then I'll Craigslist this one.

posted on 25 Apr 2016, 08:58

14. TrainFromUkraine (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

After using original Moto 360 for almost a year I came away unimpressed with usability of Android Wear. Aside from some gorgeous watch faces I found my 360 to be more of a gimmick then a tool and a natural extension of my phone. After switching to iPhone I decided to give Apple Watch a try and haven't looked back. It's just that much more useful then Wear and I finally feel like I am getting my money's worth.

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