According to IDC, Apple Watch shipments grew 13.5% over the previous year as the launch of a cellular connected Watch entered additional markets.
Telcos around the world have “rejoiced” as the inclusion of cellular has opened another revenue stream says the research group. Apple’s growth has also outpaced the entire market allowing the watchmaker to increase its share from 14.3% in the first quarter of 2017 to 16.1% in the first quarter of 2018, per IDC’s latest data.
Overall, worldwide shipments of wearable devices grew 1.2% during the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18) as shipments reached 25.1 million units according to the research group. Growth for the market was far lower than the 18% year-over-year growth one year ago largely due to the 9.2% decline in shipments of basic wearables.
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