Shipments of the Apple Watch are expected to rise 33% in 2018 to hit 20 million units

According to sources inside Apple's upstream supply chain, the tech titan will ship 4.5 million units of the Apple Watch during the fourth calendar quarter of this year. At that pace, Apple will have delivered a total of 15 million units for all of 2017. The supply chain expects Apple to ship a total of 20 million smartwatches next year for a gain of 33% year-over-year. The OG Apple Watch shipped less than 5 million units after its launch in April 2015, but the second series has done well since its launch last September.

The third series Apple Watch, which is rumored to be a stand alone model with an eSIM card and an LTE radio built in, could be introduced next month at the same time as the 2017 Apple iPhone models. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the new version of Apple's wearable device won't be able to make or take stand alone phone calls immediately following its launch. Kuo says that Apple will have to improve the "user experience of data transmission" on the timepiece before it handles calls on its own. That won't take place until sometime next year, Kuo predicts.

Apple is apparently the only smartwatch manufacturer with a positive outlook for the remainder of this year and for 2018. Sales of smartwatches from companies like Samsung, LG, Motorola and Huawei are weak; sales for smartbands made by Fitbit and Xiaomi are also declining. Meanwhile, Asus has decided to exit the market after producing a trio of ZenWatch models. The supply chain sources cite several reasons for declining sales of smartwatches including poor battery life, high prices, and the sharing of similar capabilities with smartphones.

The stand alone features on the Apple Watch Series 3, when enabled, should help Apple ship more timepieces. A deal that Apple and insurance company Aetna are reportedly discussing to sell subsidized Apple Watch units to Aetna policy holders, could also lead to a bump in sales if both sides sign on the dotted line. Quanta Computer, which exclusively manufactured the Apple Watch up until now, is expected to share 20% to 30% of Series 3 production with Compal Electronics.

source: Digitimes

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26 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's standalone time Apple. Stop trickle feeding us features and loc this watch out.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"loc"? Please translate for us folks that speak proper English.

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

There is no competition in this domain: Apple Watch is by far ahead.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You spelled Gear S3 wrong.

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It may be the best smart watch. Best selling too. I not biting. My smart enough Casio gets the job done. Sometimes don't even wear it since I have my phone. If they ever get better battery life I may consider it.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In what sales? Because it offers nothign else. So what is it far ahead in? It doesn't even have cellular capabilities, while the Gear S had it from day one.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stop trolling, you don't even own an Apple Watch.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're right, I sold it. It was too boring, and post 2 is trolling 101. You're so fking jealous of me, it burns your ass. Wait till I get that Note 8, and possibly the iPhone 8, if it's good enough. You're really gonna hate me then, I'll see to that.

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

LOL, I love to bait you, little worm! Oh and I'll have the Note 8 too, and the next iPhone, whatever it's called.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, you're on fire. You're not baiting me, the reverse thing won't work. I got your ass shook. You seek me out, cause you can't resist, and you're not getting a Note 8. A little b!t3ch like you is easy to figure out, and see thru. I can't wait till September, your little POS b!t3ch ass is gonna be sooo pissed at me. Now put an lol, or Planet Fitness diss, or a bait diss, or the I own you diss. Just wait till September, I'm gonna have a blast with you. I'm done with you for now, but September is coming.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"I got your ass shook". Again, how old are you?

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, you be killing me. How can a watch be boring? What are you actually doing on your Gear S3 that's exciting? Most people just put it on their wrist and use it for health, time and reading text messages.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Last I checked, I spend my money for my tech, and you get yours however you get it. Nothing more needs to be, or will be said.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's notthat its more exciting. Its mor euseful. It has its own phone number and you can have all yoru calls and messages forwarded to you don't miss any. It has 4G/LTE for data and you can download apps directly to it. It does everything automatically. For example, when I run or bike, it automatically knows when to switch. It has storage for my msuic and I can use BT headphones with it. You can't with an APple Watch. Its not about exciting, its about being a useful tool and not an expensive useless piece of jewelry. You apple fans don't care about useful. All you talk about is sales and love buying Apple products over the logo. You don't care about practicality. If we have to explain to you why the Gear is better, than it just proves the obvious. Having more apps mean nothing if they are not beneficial.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A watch can be boring just like the iPhoen is boring. The iPhone OS is just an app launcher. On its own it has nothing to offer. I can install ZERO apps on the Galaxy S, and I can still do things with it your phone can't do without install any apps whatsoever. Now go back and use your boring overpriced toys, because that's all they are.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

http://i.imgur.com/wgJL1At.jpg I agree with darkkjedii on his assessment Despite the fact that there are more apps on the apple watch, it seems to be less device than the competition Short battery life and pretty boring to boot

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I owned the OG Apple watch, and the Series One. They're very good smart watches, but can't hold a candle to the S3. It's a night and day difference in every area, except app amount. Leave your iPhone at home, and your Apple watch is basically paralyzed. Leave your Galaxy at home, and your Gear S3 is your Galaxy. Fully functional.

15. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Why would you leave your phone at home?

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

By mistake, I've done it a few times.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because when you have a Gear you don't need a phone. I leave my phone at home when I go bike riding. Any many events I enter, phones are not allowed. So having my Gear S3 which looks like a sport watch and still have my phone in case I break down or have an accident is a good thing. Why do you need your phone everywhere you go? Don't you have days you don't want to have a phone with you, so you can actually have a break from work or whatever?

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thats very true.

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Typical darkidiot. Try leaving home with just your non-LTE Gear S3, and see how "fully functional" it is.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are a stupid fking idiot http://www.samsung.com/us/explore/gear-s3/ CONNECTIVITY: Network 3G UMTS : B2(1900), B5(850) 4G LTE : B2(1900), B5(850) Its 3G and 4G enabled you stupid trolling puss! Stop talking crap about stuff you know nothing about. You got your shit confused with the Apple Watch not having 4G. The Gear has had 3G since the first Gear S Take your salty stupid ignorant trolling loser face somewhere else. Go enjoy your overpriced limited toys from Apple. See full spec post #23

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Owned his ass.

26. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Wow you both are stupid! Duh, I know there's an LTE version of the Gear S3, but there's also a Bluetooth only version! So yeah, take that one out without your phone and see how many texts, phone calls and notifications you get.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Type Gear S3 frontier, Gear S3 classic Color Dark Grey, Silver Carrier AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon OS Tizen 2.3.2 Size Weight frontier: 2.2 oz (63g), without bands classic: 2.1 oz (57g), without bands Battery Battery Type and Size 380mAh Li-ion Charging Method Wireless Charging Dock Typical Usage Up to 3 days** Memory Internal Memory 4GB Internal Memory / RAM 768MB Connectivity Bluetooth Bluetooth® v4.2 Wi-Fi b/g/n Yes NFC Yes MST Yes GPS / Glonass Yes Network 3G UMTS : B2(1900), B5(850) 4G LTE : B2(1900), B5(850) Case Case Dimension 46mm x 49mm | 1.81” x 1.93” Case Depth 12.9mm | 0.51” Case Crystal Gorilla Glass SR+ Strap Length Strap with buckle – 70mm or 2.76 in. Large strap with holes – 130mm or 5.12 in. Small strap with holes – 110mm or 4.33 in. Buckle Band : 70mm (2.755 in) Processor Processor Speed 1GHz Processor Type Dual Core (Exynos7270) Display Display Resolution 360x360, 278ppi Display Size 1.3” Display Technology Super AMOLED, Full Color Always on Display Audio Audio Playing Format Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB Codec: MP3, AMR-NB, MAR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis Sensor Type Type Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Monitor, Ambient Light Sensor Key Features IP68***(water and dust resistant rating) MIL-STD-810G (Military-grade durability)

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