What you need to know
- AirPods and Apple Watch continue to grow while the smartwatch market declines.
- Apple's headphones business has actually grown faster than its smartwatch.
- The overall market for smartwatches has declined in the second quarter of 2020.
In a new report from analytics firm IDC, the wearables market grew 14.1% in the second quarter of 2020. According to the report, the growth was "unevenly spread across the various form factors" like smartwatches, fitness trackers, and headphones.
David Myhrer, research vice president for IDC's Consumer Technology Strategy Service, says that "hearables" have actually outpaced smartwatches and fitness trackers in growth.
According to the report, Apple led the growth of hearables, shipping approximately 23.7 million AirPods and Beats headphones.
The Apple Watch also saw 13.7% growth in a smartwatch and fitness band market that declined by 4,4% year over year.
Apple is expected to launch the Apple Watch Series 6, which might be able to monitor your blood oxygen levels, as soon as September alongside a new iPad.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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