Apple Watch is a runaway train

Apple unveiled Apple Watch Series 6 in mid-September, the latest entry into what it a runaway train of a product. Series 6 introduces a revolutionary Blood Oxygen feature that offers users even more insight into their overall wellness. Apple Watch Series 6 delivers many notable hardware improvements, including a faster S6 System in Package (SiP) and next-generation always-on altimeter, along with its most colorful lineup yet, featuring a beautiful palette of new case finishes and bands. watchOS 7 brings Family Setup, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, new workout types, and the ability to curate and share watch faces, encouraging customers to be more active, stay connected, and better manage their health in new ways.

Apple Watch Series 6 with the distinct Braided Solo Loop and blue aluminum case.
Apple Watch Series 6 with the distinct Braided Solo Loop and blue aluminum case.

Neil Cybart for Above Avalon:

In a few months, the number of people wearing an Apple Watch will surpass 100 million. While the tech press spent years infatuated with stationary smart speakers and the idea of voice-only interfaces, it was the Apple Watch and utility on the wrist that ushered in a new paradigm shift in computing. We are now seeing Apple leverage the growing number of Apple Watch wearers to build a formidable health platform. The Apple Watch is a runaway train with no company in a position to slow it down…

After years of deep skepticism and cynicism, consensus reaction towards Apple Watch has changed and is now positive. Much of this is due to the fact that it’s impossible to miss Apple Watches appearing on wrists around the world. According to my estimates, approximately 35% of iPhone users in the U.S. now wear an Apple Watch. This is a shockingly high percentage for a five-year-old product category, and it says a lot about how Apple’s intuition about the wrist was right.

The number of people wearing an Apple Watch continues to steadily increase. According to my estimate, there were 81 million people wearing an Apple Watch as of the end of June. According to Apple, 75% of Apple Watch sales are going to first-time customers. This means that 23 million people will have bought their first Apple Watch in 2020. To put that number in context, there are about 25 million people wearing a Fitbit. The Apple Watch installed base is increasing by the size of Fitbit’s overall installed base every 12 months.

MacDailyNews Take: The world has finally come around to Apple Watch, which is now everywhere you look (even if it is only via Zoom meetings for now).

The Apple Watch is going to be a massive hit that sells millions upon millions of units.September 9, 2014

We do not foresee anyone wanting to take off their Apple Watch in order to wear a “jewelry watch.” Apple Watch is not just a watch to be replaced with another regular watch. Maybe wearing two watches will come into vogue for special occasions?April 3, 2015

Here’s what makers of Swiss or any other watches should do: Push the idea of wearing of two watches, one on each wrist or two on one wrist, into vogue. Because once people start using Apple Watch, they aren’t going to want to leave it at home. Ever. They won’t want to go to dinner parties without their Apple Watch. And that’s bad, bad news for watchmakers not named Apple. Watch and see.April 16, 2015


  1. I have a brother that has a 10k dollar Rolex and when he saw my Apple Watch he had to go buy one for himself. This past Thanksgiving I noticed he was wearing both watches, one on each wrist. I had no comment just thought how lucky he was to have a brother that introduced him to Apple products years ago.

  2. Had a Space Gray Series Zero since day one, a Gold Series 3 three years ago, a Gold Series 5 a year ago and my new BLUE Series 6 arrives today just because it’s BLUE. Still have to wait ‘til late November for my Atlantic Blue Braided Solo Loop Size 6 to arrive. Love my WATCHes as much as I do love my iPhones.

    Yes I’m ordering a 512GB Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max November 6 to replace my old 512GB Gold iPhone XS Max.

  3. I’ve always loved Apple’s products and bought my first Mac almost as soon as they were announced. My wife has an iPad, and we both have iPhones (our 4th). Last year, my wife wanted to buy me an Apple Watch for my birthday. We went and looked at them. I was impressed, but I really didn’t want to have to recharge another item nightly or every other night. I wonder why Apple doesn’t add solar power to the watch (as some other brands do), so that it could stay charged WITHOUT having to plug it in. Heck, what happens if you get lost in the wilderness for a few days? Won’t the Apple Watch run out? If it had solar power — in addition to the conventional way of charging — I’d have gotten it.

    1. Years ago, there were several companies making self-winding watches. As you moved your wrist/arm a little mechanism inside helped to keep the watch running. Thermoelectricity power generation is another possibility though I’m not sure of the efficacy (skin temp vs environmental).

      Also, use the band for added functionality to make watch thinner. I still love the design of my 1993 Movado Museum, thin and elegant with a still-unscratched sapphire crystal.

    2. I doubt any solar panel Apple could put on AppleWatch would be efficient enough to keep it charged. Even if they could wrap the panel around the wristband. It might be able to extend the charge but even then sun conditions would have to be optimal. It would get very little charge indoors even if you wore a short-sleeve shirt.

  4. I want the watch to have FaceTime on it. Why is it so hard for Apple to put a camera on the watch? Everyone wants to be like Dick Tracy in the comics and call the station.

    1. No camera on the watch. Nobody wants people shooting clandestine video. Don’t make Apple watch a “Glasshole” product. People were getting beat up for that stuff.
      Dick Tracy, Spy watch gizmos belong in the 1960’s idea of the future.

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