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.


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.


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.

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7 weeks ago
Good news, keep up the good work Apple! I’m loving the AirPods Pro.
Rating: 16 Votes
7 weeks 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?
Rating: 13 Votes
7 weeks ago
No surprise there. Airpods are arguably the biggest new product since the original iPhone. And people laughed at them.
Rating: 12 Votes
7 weeks 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.
Rating: 12 Votes
7 weeks 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 ?
Rating: 9 Votes
7 weeks ago
Wearables revenues will surpass the iPhone. Just like the iPhone surpassed the Mac.

AAPL is still vastly undervalued.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 weeks ago


Welcome to MacRumors, once an enthusiast community, now the anti-Apple reality distortion bubble.

Too true - - it has been a sad decline. :(
Rating: 6 Votes
7 weeks ago
Apple is killing it. 2020 1st quarter results reported end of January will be outstanding.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago
LOL, what will the haters do with this bit of news. Bring up that Steve Jobs is dead and was an a*hole? Its the only thing they can do. Maybe bring up some "planned" Obsolescence remark?
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago


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


They laughed at the Apple Watch too, declaring it a failure before it even shipped. “People” laugh at every product Apple releases and many of those “people” live right here in these forums.
Rating: 4 Votes

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