Apple had a really good 2017. We already know the iPhone and iPad sold immensely well last year, and now the Apple Watch is joining in on the record-breaking numbers. Apple’s marquee wearable product shipped an astounding 18 million units in 2017.
The sales figures come courtesy of research firm Canalys. In 2016, Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watch units, which means shipments for its wearable line rose 54-percent year to year. According to Canalys, 48-percent of the Apple Watches shipped were Series 3 and the remaining 52-percent were Series 2 or older. Of the total Apple Watches sold, 13-percent were the LTE models and 35-percent were the Wi-Fi/GPS model.
Apple banked on more buzz around the Apple Watch with the introduction of LTE, and that proved to be true. The ability to use the Apple Watch without being tethered to an iPhone appealed to many customers, even though it came with a more expensive price point and the need to have a separate data line for the watch.
The record-breaking numbers of the Apple Watch topped the entire Swiss watch industry combined for the first time, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo. This makes Apple the biggest watchmaker in the world.