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Apple may be keeping quiet on sales numbers for the Apple Watch, but that’s not stopping researchers from giving out their own estimates. There have been some over the past few days—the most recent comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has a proven track record when it comes to guessing Apple numbers.
Kuo estimates the Apple Watch global pre-orders to be over 2.3 million units. Furthermore, the analyst adds that the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition will represent order allocations of 85%, 15%, and less than 1%, respectively.
Kuo, as mentioned before, has had a strong track record for Apple products. However, his predictions aren’t perfect. For example, he claimed that iPad Mini 2 would come with an 8 MP camera, which it didn’t. However, he had correct predictions regarding screen size and resolution of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, inclusion of Touch ID on iPad Air 2, and the two sizes for Apple Watch.
Anyways, what if Kuo is right this time, too? That would easily make Apple the biggest player in the smartwatch industry. Android Wear is reported to have sold 720,000 devices in 2014; meanwhile, Pebble announced it has sold over one million smartwatches since 2013. If Kuo’s figure is right, Apple has easily dominated the industry.
Now, all we do is play the waiting game. Apple Watch is expected to be in people’s hands soon enough. Reviews of the device is coming through, and they’re mostly positive. Google has to do something big to counter such an awesome start.