Apple s Watch may be expensive and a widely reported dud, but here s more proof that it is fast-becoming the best-selling smartwatch ever. Ahead of Apple announcing its quarterly earnings, Canalys reports that Apple has become the world s largest wearable company in the second quarter of this year. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformationAlso Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
Apple is believed to have shipped 4.2 million Watch units in the three months surpassing the likes of Xiaomi and Fitbit. According to an earlier report by IDC, these were the two biggest wearable companies in the first quarter of this year. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
The Apple Watch is the most sophisticated smart watch to date, and it has proved popular with Apple fans worldwide. But Apple and other vendors still face important challenges to make the smart watch a breakout hit, Chris Jones, VP and Principal Analyst at Canalys said.
Improvements in performance, battery life and sensor integration are needed to make future models more attractive, but it is the quality of third-party apps that will determine whether the Apple Watch will be a long-term success, he added.
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Apple took the wraps off the Watch earlier this year, with prices starting from $349 for the Apple Watch Sports, and going beyond $10,000 for the Watch Edition. Pre-orders for the Watch kicked off in April, and it saw insane demand with shipping times slipping to beyond July.
As mentioned above, Apple is set to announce its quarterly earnings today, but is not expected to break down the Watch numbers. CEO Tim Cook said as much as he didn t want to give competitors an inside track. Instead, Apple will include the Watch numbers in the Other products category that also includes the likes of iPods, Beats accessories and the Apple TV.