Global wearable devices market, or device that users wear on their body parts, are expected to experience significant growth. According to global market intelligence firm IDC (International Data Corporation), worldwide wearables are forecast to to grow 173% in 2015.
Apple Watch is believed to be the main factor to this changes. Reports from IDC suggests 26,4 million units of wearable devices were shipped in 2014. Whereas this year, it is predicted that the number of wearable devices shipment will reach 72,1 units.
As cited by 9to5mac, the estimations that IDC covered includes basic wearables, and smart wearables, such as modular, glasses, fitness wristband, and others. Last year, basic wearables sales topped smart wearables’, with both sales reached 22,1 million units and 4,2 million units, respectively.
This year, smart wearables market is estimated to lower the gap. IDC predicted that smart wearables shipments will reach 33.1 million units, and 39 million units for basic wearables.
IDC are expecting smart wearables devices to take the lead on 2016. Although IDC made a similar prediction back in 2009, when they predicted that the market will more than double with an estimate of 155.7 million total units made up of 66.3 million basic and 89.4 million smart wearables.
Even though it is believed that Apple Watch is the main influenced to this surge, Apple hasn’t confirmed its number of sales this year. According to research from KGI, Apple Watch is forecast to sold around 15 million units this year.