2017 was a document 12 months for Apple Watch gross sales.
In response to new figures from analysis agency Canalys, Apple shipped greater than 18 million smartwatches in 2017, up 54 % in comparison with the earlier 12 months. Within the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, the Cupertino tech large shipped eight million smartwatches, which Canalys mentioned is “the very best ever variety of shipments in a single quarter, not only for Apple, however for any wearable vendor.”
The corporate’s Series 3 smartwatch with non-compulsory mobile LTE connectivity, which simply hit the market this previous September, was “the important thing development driver,” Canalys mentioned. Apple peddled “just below 9 million” Collection three models final 12 months, accounting for practically half of all Apple Watch shipments in 2017.
“The mobile model of the Apple Watch was in sturdy demand within the US, Japan, and Australia, the place all main operators stocked it in time for the vacation season,” Canalys Analysis Analyst Vincent Thielke mentioned in an announcement. “However restricted operator choice within the UK, Germany and France influenced client buy selections, and stifled the expansion potential of the linked Apple Watch.”
He added that the corporate’s push into Singapore and Hong Kong this 12 months was a “good transfer,” particularly because it coincided with Chinese language New Yr.
In the meantime, the Apple Watch Collection three earned an “glorious” score in PCMag’s review.
“It is fairly costly at $399 for the mobile mannequin, and battery life takes an enormous hit when utilizing LTE,” PCMag’s Victoria Track wrote within the evaluation. “But it surely’s top-of-the-line makes an attempt at a very standalone smartwatch we have seen should you’re prepared to cope with these trade-offs.”