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Apple’s new Watch Series 4 is likely to give smartwatch sales a boost this year and help the category dominate wearables in the next four years.
Analyst IDC is predicting that wearable sales in 2018 will grow by just 6.2 percent to 122.6 million body gadgets compared to 2017 sales of 115 million units.
But smartwatches will buck that trend, with IDC expecting smartwatch shipments to grow 39 percent on 2017 shipments of 33 million units to 46.2 million in 2018. Apple Watch accounts for just under half of all smartwatch shipments.
And by 2022, the analyst expects smartwatch sales to have increased two-fold to 94.3 million units by which time Apple’s market share will have
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