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Unit shipment forecast of smart wristwear worldwide 2018-2023

Smartwatch shipments worldwide are forecast to grow in the following years, increasing from 69.3 million units in 2019 to over 109 million units by 2023. Smartwatches are a major segment of the global wearables industry, contributing significantly to the global unit shipments of wearable devices.

Apple’s growing smartwatch market share

    Introduced in April 2015, the Apple Watch has rapidly increased its popularity and was the leading smartwatch vendor as of the first quarter of 2020, overtaking companies such as Samsung and Fitbit, and Xiaomi in its rise to global dominance. Although Apple’s major source of revenue is from iPhone sales, the company also receives a significant amount of revenue from the sales of their wearable devices, which account for over 10 percent of their total revenue as of the latest quarter.

Why purchase a Smartwatch?

   Consumer intentions for buying a smartwatch have fluctuated, but have overall remained relatively stable over the past few years. Smartwatches perform a majority of functions ranging from checking notifications/texts to GPS tracking and navigation. Consumers found fitness to be the most important feature of smart watches followed by communication, health/fitness, and maps. Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the global wearables market was forecast to decrease in growth in 2020 compared to the growth rates in 2019.

Smartwatch shipments worldwide from 2018 to 2023

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Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*Forecast

The figures from 2020 to 2022 were calculated by Statista based on figures from 2019 and 2023, as well as the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4% between the two years, as provided by the source.

2018 figure calculated by Statista based on initial figures provided by the source.

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