Apple Stays on Top Of the Wearables Market Despite Hurdles

When you first think of Apple products, perhaps the iPhone or a Mac comes to mind, but don’t overlook the fact that the Apple Watch and AirPods also have a loyal fanbase. That said, despite facing a decline in shipments for both products, a recent report from market research firm IDC confirms that Apple still holds the top spot in the wearables market.

Meanwhile, the other top leaders, according to the report, include Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, and boAt. As you can see, there’s a shake-up in the lower ranks, with Huawei edging out Samsung for third place in the charts during Q1 2024. “The lack of major innovation in the premium segment has allowed tier-2 brands to narrow the gap across the board,” explains Jitesh Ubrani, research manager at IDC. Ramon T. Llamas, research director at IDC, adds, “It’s important to pay close attention to smaller, regional vendors.”

Despite Temporary Setbacks, Apple Maintained the Top Spot in the Wearables Market

Apple dealt with some challenges during the beginning of this year, including losing the infamous Apple vs. Masimo patent case which resulted in Apple temporarily halting sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2. Next up, as the original report notes, another setback is attributed to the “lack of newer AirPods”. Apple Watch shipments dived 19.1% compared to the previous year, while hearables like AirPods and Beats dropped by 18.8% during the same period, yet, Apple maintains the top spot.

Other interesting highlights from the report include Huawei flying high with a whopping 72.4% Year-on-Year (YoY) growth, while Apple hit a rough patch with a -18.9% YoY dip. Meanwhile, Xiaomi, Samsung, and boAt had 43.4%, 13%, and -4.8% YoY growth, respectively. Despite the choppy waters, the market sailed ahead with an overall 8.8% growth which is not bad.

One thought on “Apple Stays on Top Of the Wearables Market Despite Hurdles

  • Apple Watch feature requests:

    No iPhone dependency. Ideally, standalone, although it could have Mac dependency.
    12 MP camera to read QR-codes and more.
    Safari as standard visible application (not hidden as now is).

    How to boost Apple Watch sales (we will purchase thousands for our University):

    1. Camera. Among other applications, that would be great to read QR-codes.

    2. Safari visible (not hidden like now is).

    3. Standalone without any dependency, as shown here (search Google to find link which I canot place here due to character number restriction):

    Time For The Apple Watch to Separate From The iPhone

    It’s Time for the Apple Watch to Break Free From the iPhone

    Future Apple Watch Update to Enable Pairing With Multiple Apple Devices Rather Than Just One iPhone, Claims Leaker

    Full standalone would be the best, but no problem with Mac dependency instead of iPhone.

    Looking forward to that!

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