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Worldwide Wearable Computing Device Forecast Update, 2017–2021: CY 4Q17

Worldwide Wearable Computing Device Forecast Update, 2017–2021: CY 4Q17

This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the worldwide wearables market. "As we head into the holiday quarter, be prepared for new experiences and devices from the leading vendors that will act as a blueprint for 2018 and beyond," says Ramon T. Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "Fitbit's first smartwatch, the Ionic, will show the path of what a health- and fitness-centric smartwatch can be. Apple's Series 3 Watch will draw attention for its cellular connectivity and eventually what can be done with it. These, along with a myriad of other devices including intelligent earwear and connected clothing, will help push the wearables category into the limelight. However, what has yet to occur is the case for wearables becoming must-have devices, which will prevent explosive growth going forward."

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IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Basic Wearables Versus Smart Wearables
Wearables Forecast by Region
Wearables Forecast by Product
Average Selling Price and Value
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Entrance of More Vendors and Devices
Proliferation of Products
Lukewarm Reception Within the Mass Market
Constant Reliance on Smartphones
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Primary Data Sources
Secondary Sources
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker
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