Link: Earwear and Watches Expected to Drive Wearables Market at a CAGR of 7.9%, Says IDC

The market for wearable devices is on track to reach global shipments of 222.9 million units in 2019, growing to 302.3 million units in 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9%

Source: Earwear and Watches Expected to Drive Wearables Market at a CAGR of 7.9%, Says IDC

~9m/yr. VR unit shipments in context


Simon Sharwood pulls together some shipment numbers to put VR headset shipments in context.

The tl;dr on annual shipments: 9.2m VR headsets, vs. 135.6m wearbles, vs. ~1.5bn smartphones.

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VR headsets have a runrate of, like, 9.2m units:

Virtual reality headsets are moving at a rate of 2.3 million a quarter

But, fast growing:

IDC says shipments are up 77.4 per cent year over year.

Meanwhile, wearables are at something like “33.9 million shipments a month,” like a runrate of 135.6m units.

Meanwhile, taking from this year’s Internet Trends report (sourced from Morgan Stanley), smart phone shipments are under 1.5bn, though slowing in growth:


And then smartphone shipments from IDC (probably where Morgan got those numbers):

For the full year [of 2016], the worldwide smartphone market saw a total of 1.47 billion units shipped, marking the highest year of shipments on record, yet up only 2.3% from the 1.44 billion units shipped in 2015.

Source: Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

Link: Apple Watch by the (estimated) numbers, and 11 claimed myths about the wearable

Round up of marketshare and commentary on the Apple Watch from Horace’s Apple Watch conference. 80% of wearable market, they say.

Source: Apple Watch by the (estimated) numbers, and 11 claimed myths about the wearable

Link: Usage of Apple Watch by British Airways Passengers

“Apple watches now account for more than five per cent of app usage, giving customers access to real-time flight status, gate information, a countdown to the departure time and the weather at their destination.”

Source: Usage of Apple Watch by British Airways Passengers