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Worldwide Wearables Forecast Update, 2016–2020: CY 3Q16

Worldwide Wearables Forecast Update, 2016–2020: CY 3Q16

This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the worldwide wearables market."The worldwide wearables market is moving ahead in fits and starts," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "Basic wearables will see steady upward growth, whereas smart wearables will stay nearly flat this year before returning to stronger growth in the years that follow. In the smart wearables category, smartwatches will account for the majority of all shipments, but cellular connectivity will play a large role in boosting volumes again in 2017. Add on top of that the expected growth coming from AR- and VR-enabled eyewear, and the category will head for continued growth in the years to come."

IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Cellular Connectivity Coming to Wearables
The Growing Need for Sensors
Processor Development
Developing Partnerships Outside of Technology
Materials Matter
It's Not About a Killer Device or a Killer App
Wanted: Prescriptive Data
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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