back to article For wearable analysts, the glass is always half full

Last week it was Gartner's turn to look for diamonds in the ashes of the wearable market. This week another tech analyst, IDC, has expressed hope that wearables can flourish - despite the evidence. IDC calculated wearable shipments grew 21.7 per cent year-on-year in calendar Q3 to 32 million units - but this double digit …

  1. jmch Silver badge


    Don't really understand the point of wearables as a 'general purpose' do-everything device that is also basically a slave device to a smartphone. And it seems like most people don't either hence the massive tanking of smart watches full of bells and whistles, while the real success stories are those that do one job very well (eg fitness tracking).

    With wearables the obvious benefit of being on the body is that it can monitor the body, hence obvious applications are fitness and medical-related. Most people already have a phone as a general-purpose mega-powerful device that can have multiple apps and also act as a hub for multiple subsidiary devices. There's no point in having BOTH a smartphone and a powerful, super-smart smartwatch.

    Of course the evolution of the 2 could lead to a smartphone that's essentially a giant watch that covers the whole forearm like Predator's

    Terminator icon in lieu of Predator :) ---------->>>

  2. tim 13


    I could google it suppose...

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: APAC?

      Asia Pacific, usually limiting Asia to China south and India east, sometimes including Australia and New Zealand, but sometimes stopping at their north shores. Combined with such wonderful region identifiers as EMEA which is Europe, Middle East, and Africa, because those are essentially all the same (Middle East may or may not include Iran) and North America (Mexico optional), they make up the typical three markets mentioned.

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