What you need to know
- Apple held a 36.2% share of 4Q20 shipments for the wearables market.
- Apple Watch grew by 45.6%.
- AirPods grew by 22%.
Apple has continued to dominate the wearables market in the fourth quarter of 2020. According to new data released by IDC, the overall market grew over 27% in the last quarter.
Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, says that health trackers and fitness services are causing a major uptick in the wearables business, especially during the pandemic.
Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC's Wearables Team, says that 2020 was the year that hearables, like Apple's AirPods Max headphones, passed smartwatches to become the must-have device.
According to the report, Apple still leads the market with 45% growth with the Apple Watch and 22% for the AirPods family.
If you're wanting to pick up an Apple Watch but not sure of which one to get, check out our list of the Best Apple Watch of 2021.
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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.