“The smartwatch market’s fate rides on the Apple Watch,” Fred O’Connor reports for IDG News Service. “If it fails, it could have as devastating an impact on smartwatch sales as Google Glass has had on smartglasses.”
“That’s according to a report research firm IHS released on Thursday. ‘Apple’s smartwatch competitors need the Apple Watch to succeed,’ said Ian Fogg, senior director of Mobile & Telecoms at IHS, in a statement,” O’Connor reports. “Conversely, if the Apple Watch is a hit with customers, its widespread adoption will help all smartwatch makers, including those running Google’s Android Wear, in part because the Apple Watch may be too expensive for a segment of buyers.”
MacDailyNews Take: The buyers Apple dosen’t want, but who will nonetheless be used against them later on in order to claim that Apple is “losing” based on market share, when market share ownership doesn’t matter nearly as much as which part of the market you own.
“IHS predicts the Apple Watch will be successful, calling for 19 million units to ship this year, representing a 56 percent share of the smartwatch market. In comparison, 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014, according to research firm Canalys,” O’Connor reports. “By 2020, Apple’s market share will decrease to 38 percent as more smartwatch makers enhance their devices and court Android users, a market that Apple doesn’t address, IHS said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: So, which outfits are going to be the first to steal Apple’s Digital Crown, app layout, short and long Glances concept, band designs, Force Touch, Digital Touch, Taptic Engine, Watch OS look and feel, and other original ideas, intellectual property and trade dress designs?
Tick, tock, thieves. Tick, tock.
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