Despite major excitement for wearable computers, sales for smartwatches have been slow. Everyone has been wondering if Apple -- famous for crafting a near-perfect user experience in all of their products -- will be the first big company to perfect the wearable computing experience and crack open a brand new category for Human Computer Interaction.
A lot is riding on the success of the Apple Watch.
Less than a week after launch, speculation is flying about early sales numbers. Reports indicate that pre-orders of the Apple Watch beat all of last year's efforts by Android Wear on the first day.
Slice Intelligence released a report based on data from 2 million online shoppers that estimates first-day pre-orders were massive. Nearly a million people bought one on the first day (957,000 to Android Wear's 720,000 units last year), and they spent an average of just over $500 per watch. Crunch those numbers and you get $482,165,310 in sales. On day one.
For comparison, the first generation iPhone sold only 270,000 units in the first 30 hours.
Apple has refused to officially comment on these numbers, but if correct they imply that demand for the Apple Watch is going to be enormous. The financial folks have taken note.
Amit Daryanani, Analyst at RBC, sent a note to investors this week forecasting that 3-5 million Apple Watches will be sold in the June quarter alone, and 15-20 million in the first year.
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