On the clock: Apple Watch could need time: analysts

Three months since launch, sales continue to plummet.

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Nearly three months after the launch of Apple's fashionably smart wrist wear, some analysts say the Apple Watch not a mainstream mega-hit. PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO: Nearly three months after the launch of Apple’s fashionably smart wrist wear, some analysts say it is not a mainstream mega-hit. But others see promise in its popularity with internet-savvy young people.

Media outlets last week jumped on a study by research firm Slice Intelligence suggesting that, based on a large sampling of email receipts in the United States, orders for Apple Watch have plunged 90% since the week that the wearable computing gadget made its debut.

The estimate did not factor in data about Apple Watch sales at real-world stores. It remains to be seen whether the famously tight-lipped technology company will provide insights into Apple Watch sales when it releases a quarterly earnings report on Tuesday.

While not sounding an alarm, BMO Capital Markets analysts put out word to investors that they were “disappointed” and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the coming year.

They reasoned that the product was “nice to have but not a necessity, and is a bit hard to use.”

Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said even if Slice is way off the mark about the drop in Apple Watch orders, it was clear the smartwatch has sold far below even conservative expectations.

“My single biggest disappointment when the Apple Watch was launched was Apple’s failure to come up with a compelling use to which the device could be put,” Windsor said.

“I think that this failing is the single biggest reason why the device is underperforming and why wearables in general continue to massively underperform the hype.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st,  2015.

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