Apple Watch is ‘guaranteed to sell a lot of units’

“Many Apple Watch customers are still waiting for Apple to ship its long-awaited device, but that that may not have any impact on its long-term success,” Louis Bedigian reports for Benzinga.

“Vladimir Tenev, co-founder of Robinhood [online stock trading], told Benzinga that the watch is ‘pretty much guaranteed to sell a lot of units.’ He’s so convinced that he already dedicated resources to Apple Watch development,” Bedigian reports. “SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci told Benzinga he thinks the watch is ‘going to be a phenomenal home run for them.'”

“Scaramucci pointed out that there were other times when customers wondered if they really needed what Apple was trying to sell them,” Bedigian reports. “‘The immortal Steve Jobs had a great line about Apple,’ said Scaramucci. ‘It goes back to what Henry Ford said: ‘If I asked my customer what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse.””

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MacDailyNews Take: Basically, it comes down to average people seeing the Apple Watch in action for the first time or trying it on in an Apple Store before they begin to understand why everyone who’s anyone will soon be wearing Apple Watches every waking hour.

19 Comments

      1. Received my Apple Watch on Tuesday, May 5, with great disappointment I returned it to Apple Store on 8 May. It was a 38 mm sport watch and the display was just too small for my 17 year old eyes.

        I met a customer coming out of Apple is I was going in and he was wearing at 42 mm which I was able to easily read from a distance of 5 feet. In a couple of months I will re-order; a 42 mm this time and I am really looking forward to regaining the experience of wearing an Apple Watch.

    1. I was is that same group and shipped last Thursday and received last Friday.
      I know our company is being extremely conservative with original ship date advisements
      Happy trails

  1. I wouldn’t say that. I think the Apple Watch is a novelty, even for long-term Apple customers like myself. I feel as though once the novelty has worn off, people will tire of Apple’s new toy.

    From what I’ve heard and read, the apps really suck right now. As we all can agree, Apps are an integral part of any hardware product today. Also, screen size is an issue for a large part of the buying population. Young people can see the screen just fine, but anyone over 40 is going to need some reading glasses.

    Overall, I just don’t see a need for this device. It never had a clear purpose, other than to get a wearable out there with an Apple logo on it!

  2. Got my 42mm Watch Sport Space Gray with Black Band on the 6th, expected delivery was 13-27 May. Have been trying different apps. Like the notifications, tactic alerts. Was on a retreat 7-10 May, was able to receive notifications and alerts silently without distracting others. Like the way it tracks movement and exercise. Dark Sky weather alerts worked well. Still using and learning. After 16 hour day still had >40% battery left. 🖖😀⌚️

  3. “Basically, it comes down to average people seeing the Apple Watch in action for the first time or trying it on…”
    No, the problem is much greater than this, it’s the problem of Apple failing to have the available inventory for people to jump in quickly get a Watch. It’s also clear now that this is going to be a long-term issue for Apple, that they’re simply unable to ramp up production to levels to satisfy demand.

    Or perhaps Apple already knows that the Watch will have only a limited demand, and so is not investing in huge production runs like it did for the iPhone.

    In any case, with delivery delays now going into August, the excitement will eventually die down and interest will fade. It’s a shame really, because the story would have been a lot different if Apple had had the inventory to immediately satisfy demand.

    1. Uh huh. Right. Obviously. Complete flop, apple is doomed, fire Tim Cook, hire you, you genius, but… You must be busy guiding the multi-billion dollar corporation that your genius brain single-handedly brought to life… But… How do you find time to let theses little tidbits of your brain fall from on high to feed our teeny intellects? Why? To torment us with our inability to see the obvious? Apple didn’t make enough watches ON PURPOSE, because Tim Cook KNEW it was gonna flop… The genius of this insight has me feeling – it explains JUST EVERYTHING, except maybe dark matter, but I’m sure that’s what your genius company is working on right now.

      I know, I know, don’t feed the trolls, but this one was so cute with his sad little Timex… Did you see it? The Iniglo™ Light just sort of flickers if you press really hard…

      dmz

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