Apple second in the wearables market, Fitbit enjoys the top spot, says IDC

There were several reports wondering whether the Apple Watch is a flop, but the new figures from IDC refute all those reports with the Cupertino company taking the second spot in the wearables market, for the second quarter of 2015. According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, Apple has shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter, which is just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit's 4.4 million units.

Among other wearable makers is Xiaomi taking the third spot with its Mi Band, followed by Garmin and Samsung in the fourth and fifth spot.

Image: IDC

Image: IDC

Overall, the shipment volume for the second quarter increased to 18.1 million units compared to 5.6 million units shipped in 2Q14, up by 223.2%. Apple's arrival is believed to be the greatest impact on the smart wearables category, and also devices capable of running third party applications.

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"About two of every three smart wearables shipped this quarter was an Apple Watch," said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Aanalyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. The smart watch hit store shelves in June this year.  "Apple has clearly garnered an impressive lead in this space and its dominance is expected to continue. And, although Fitbit outshipped Apple, it's worth noting that Fitbit only sells basic wearables – a category that is expected to lose share over the next few years, leaving Apple poised to become the next market leader for all wearables."


Published Date: Aug 30, 2015 04:50 pm | Updated Date: Aug 30, 2015 04:50 pm