“Every new device Apple has released this century — the iPod, iPhone, and iPad — sold 100 million units faster than the one before it: five-and-a-half years, four years, and two-and-a-half years, respectively,” Jamal Carnette writes for The Motley Fool. “The cost of each success is increased expectations.”
“While it’s too early to declare that streak broken with Apple Watch, it could be a tall order to sell 100 million in under 2.5 years as the device is designed as a companion item to the iPhone whereas the previous devices were stand-alone entities,” Carnette writes. “But if a new report is correct, Apple might just again rise to meet those lofty expectations as the Watch appears to be outselling the iPad early in its product life cycle.”
“Research analytics company Slice Intelligence (by way of Reuters) estimates Apple had sold nearly 2.8 million Watches in the U.S. as of mid-June, a little over a month into its sales life,” Carnette writes. “Compare that to the full first quarter of iPad sales, in which the company moved nearly 3.3 million units, and you can see the Watch is holding up well against Apple’s current quickest-selling product.”
“Apple also has another two weeks of sales before the quarter ends, giving the company more time to beat the 3.3 million figure,” Carnette writes. “However, it’s likely the Watch has already outperformed the iPad on a unit-sales basis. Slice only reports U.S. sales, but the Watch is now being sold in roughly 15 additional countries. Larger markets including France, Germany, China (Hong Kong), Japan, and Canada were a part of Apple’s initial rollout, and seven secondary markets including Italy, Singapore, and Mexico, come online June 26.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Once users put on an Apple Watch and properly set it up to their benefit, they never want to take it off.
The Apple Watch is going to be a massive hit that sells millions upon millions of units. – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, September 9, 2014