“For the first quarter of 2015 the total dollar spend in the smartwatch segment was split among four major competitors: Motorola (33%), Pebble (23%), Samsung (16%), and LG (12%). Then the Internet blew up with news of Apple’s first new product category since the iPad. The Apple Watch was announced in March and went on sale on April 24,” Sellers reports. “Since then Apple has commanded 88% of the smartwatch category, with Motorola, Pebble, LG, and Samsung combined accounting for just over 10% of the category.”
“Prior to Apple entering the market, the average sales price (ASP) of a smartwatch was $184. In the second quarter of 2015, the ASP of a smartwatch rose 138% to $438,” Sellers reports. “The best selling smartwatch on the market is the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Total domination.
As for the best-selling smartwatch being the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray with Black Sport Band, Apple nudged sales in that direction with their preset configurations. As we wrote in June:
So, here’s what happened, from personal experience:
The vast majority of early adopters bought Apple Watch Sport units. They wanted one with a Black Sport Band which Apple oh-so-conveniently did not offer among pre-order options. So, like we did, 17% ordered an Apple Watch Sport with whatever band they thought they could live with as a backup and then ordered the Black Sport Band (for another $49) to use on the Watch. We went for the first two weeks with White Bands before our Black Sport Bands arrived. Two long weeks; during which we explained to everyone that these bands weren’t our choice and our black bands were coming. The Watches are much more to our liking in silver (7000 series aluminum) and black. Of course, Apple knew this combination would be most popular.
As we wrote back on April 14th, ten days before we got our Apple Watches:
Apple forced the Space Gray Apple Watch Sport with Black Sport Band to be the most popular choice. Just like they forced us to buy our Apple Watch Sport units with White Bands (that we plan to leave in the boxes) and to spend an extra $49 per Watch for the Black Sport Band that the Silver AWS obviously should have been offered with in their canned preorder configs (if Apple were interested in offering a model that would be several times more popular than any other Apple Watch Sport combo). Plus the fact that the “blue,” “green,” and “pink” colors that they did offer with AWS are, in varying degrees, unwearable, ugly, and putrid (not to mention generally too-feminine for a 42mm AWS on a male wrist).
It’s almost as if Apple’s assemblers produced too many Space Gray Apple Watch Sport units and/or not enough Silver ones, so they tried to manipulate the preorders by leaving the Black Sport Band out of the choices for the Silver AWS. Or they were trying to grab an extra $49 for Black bands (with us, they succeeded multiple times; regardless, it did guarantee we’d get our Watches on Day One, so it was worth the extra $49 per). Or they were trying to push AWS buyers (many of whom will be transitioning from things like Nike+ FuelBands and are therefore looking for the lightest weight possible) to the more expensive Apple Watch in order to get the silver (Stainless Steel) with Black Sport Band preorder config that they did, for some reason, deign to offer, proving that a Silver Watch with a Black band is not aesthetically offensive to Jony Ive (who may, in fact, given the evidence above, be colorblind). (We’re not decorating nurseries here, Jony. These are watch bands.)
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Juniper Research: Apple is world’s #1 smartwatch maker – July 23, 2015
Canalys: Apple ships 4.2 million Apple Watches in Q2 to become world’s top wearables vendor – July 21, 2015
Apple Watch satisfaction is unprecedented at 97%; beats original iPhone and iPad – July 20, 2015
Apple mines big profits from Apple Watch bands – June 18, 2015
Apple Watch is Apple’s most successful product debut ever – June 1, 2015
Did Apple underestimate the most popular Apple Watch Sport color? – April 14, 2015
Apple Watch, the world’s first real smart watch, will be a massive hit – September 9, 2014