IDC: Apple's Wearables Shipments Surged Last Quarter on Popularity of Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats

Apple's wearables shipments nearly tripled in the third quarter of 2019 due to the growing popularity of the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones, according to research firm IDC.

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IDC estimates that Apple shipped 29.5 million wearables last quarter, up from 10 million in the third quarter of 2018. Apple remained the world's largest wearables vendor, and the launch of the AirPods Pro and discounts on Apple Watch Series 3 models should keep the company in the lead, the research firm said.

Apple does not disclose wearables sales on a product or unit basis, so emphasis should be placed on IDC's figures being estimates, but all signs do point towards the Apple Watch and AirPods selling very well.

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Apple's "Wearables, Home and Accessories" revenue was a record-setting $6.5 billion in the third quarter of 2019, up 54 percent from $4.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. In addition to the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats, the category includes the HomePod, Apple TV, iPod touch, and both Apple-branded and third-party accessories.

AirPods Pro are currently estimated for delivery in January for orders placed on Apple.com, demonstrating how popular the new earphones are, although they remain available at select resellers.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 6, AirPods

Top Rated Comments

fmcshan Avatar
15 months ago
Good news, keep up the good work Apple! I’m loving the AirPods Pro.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bobob Avatar
15 months ago


Apple does not disclose wearables sales on a product or unit basis...

That must mean they're not selling very many of them!

...anyone remember that old troll chestnut from when Apple first stopped disclosing sales numbers?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
15 months ago
No surprise there. Airpods are arguably the biggest new product since the original iPhone. And people laughed at them.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
15 months ago
Triple growth in a year. Holy mackerel!


I only hear people complain on here, but in real life I heard nothing but praise

Welcome to MacRumors, once an enthusiast community, now the anti-Apple reality distortion bubble.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dominiongamma Avatar
15 months ago


No surprise there. Airpods are arguably the biggest new product since the original iPhone. And people laughed at them.

I only hear people complain on here, but in real life I heard nothing but praise about the AirPods ?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djcerla Avatar
15 months ago
Wearables revenues will surpass the iPhone. Just like the iPhone surpassed the Mac.

AAPL is still vastly undervalued.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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