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Apple Watch Sales Projections Fail To Impress
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JerryW955
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7/4/2015 | 12:42:24 AM
Re: A digital watch conundrum
Apple watch is notthing like luxury watches like the swiss. Swiss is a well known brand in the watch industry. Apple is a no name in the watch industry. The apple watch was a joke since the beginning, people have been laughing at the price point and how useless it is. It's low battery, bulky, few years down the line you will need a replacement, price, and eventually the watch will die. 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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7/3/2015 | 8:55:19 PM
Re: Apple Watch Sales
Long-term, I expect smartwatches to do well. 

But they need an ecosystem to form around them that make them truly useful. Early adopters will fuel that, but I don't see real purpose yet. Maybe if they can replace the smartphone, then there a value proposition. 
moarsauce123
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7/3/2015 | 3:55:37 PM
Re: A digital watch conundrum
The iWatch might be cheaper than the average Swiss watch price, but that is for the iWatch only which without an iPhone is even dumber than a door knob. Add the iPhone plus the expensive data plans and the iWatch comes way up higher in cost than a Swiss watch. Plus, with a Swiss watch you pay once and enjoy a decent piece of timekeeping for the rest of your life. With an iWatch you have to keep paying every month and buy a new watch within a matter of years.

Besides that, and that does not only apply to the iWatch, but all smart watches: the smart watches are the solution to a problem that does not exist! Anything a smart watch can do your smart phone can do already and typically much better. So all the smart watch does is keeping your from pulling the smart phone out of the pocket. Rather expensive for that negligible amount of comfort which only applies to a few use cases anyway.

The iWatch is an overpriced toy for those who need such a gadget to bolster their ego. It is an expensive set of bragging rights and even more useless than a sports car or a Tesla.
Li Tan
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7/3/2015 | 10:29:48 AM
Re: A digital watch conundrum
It's hard to say how many people are willing to pay for iWatch, except real Apple funs. I am expecting the new generation of iWatch. To me the current iWatch has some shortcomings (battery life, limited functionality, etc.) that many people may not have strong desire to purchase it.
melgross
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melgross,
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7/3/2015 | 10:26:35 AM
Re: A digital watch conundrum
We need to compare this to the Swiss watch industry. Over 29 million Swiss watches were sold last year, at an average price of $732. Most of those watches are nothing great to write home about. The really expensive models are a just a fraction of those sales. With Apple's watches starting at less than half that price, there really is no reason why they shouldn't do well. I don't believe the doom and gloom.
Whoopty
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7/3/2015 | 5:01:32 AM
Re: A digital watch conundrum
This is a fair point, though most Apple hardware is on the expensive end of the spectrum and it's drawn a big, young crowd in recent years. I wonder if it's more to do with the relatively few legitimate uses for a smartwatch at the moment - for the price. There are many activity trackers that do just as much and they won't be so outdated in a year's time since they aren't trying to do everything.

I'm not sure. I hope this is consumers being smart, but that's rarely the case. 
Gary_EL
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7/2/2015 | 11:30:25 PM
A digital watch conundrum
The watch is quite expensive, so it's most likely target users will be people over 40. Most people over 40 become nearsighted, so they will not be able to read their watches without reading glasses, which they would have to reach into their pocket to get. If they have to reach into their pockets, why not just pull out their smartphones instead? The only people who will be able to read their watches without glasses probably won't be able to afford the watches in the first place.
LarryO848
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7/2/2015 | 1:44:16 PM
Apple Watch Sales
Wow those are pretty bad. What are the other companies watches doing, sales wise?


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