“Apple will instantly become the major player in the smartwatch market at 12:00:01 AM on April 24,” Doug Olenick writes for Forbes. “Basically the second the Watch is officially available.”
“While Apple is no stranger to coming into a product category and quickly displacing the top dog, what will take place with the Apple Watch is something entirely new, even for Apple. The tech research firm ABIResearch is forecasting that Apple will ship 13.77 million units in 2015,” Olenick writes. “Considering 28.1 million smartwatches of all brands will ship worldwide this year means Apple will immediately grab almost 50 percent of the entire market.”
“For a little bit of perspective on how phenomenal the Watch launch is, Apple shipped only 378,000 iPods during that products first year on the market from October 2001 through the end of 2002, just under 1 million in 2003 and it wasn’t until 2005 that annual iPod shipments were higher than the number of Watches expected to ship this year,” Olenick writes. “The iPad did jump out to a fast start with over 7 million shipping its first year in 2010 leaping to 32 million in 2011, but even the iPhone took three years to surpass the numbers that the Watch will generate during its first year on the market.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If Apple can make more than 13.77 million Apple Watch units in 2015, they’ll sell more than that; as many as they can make.