Daisuke Wakabayashi, writing for the WSJ:
Apple Inc. sold twice as many Watches as iPhones in each device’s
debut year. Yet the smartwatch is dogged by a perception that
seems premature given the history of Apple’s most popular devices:
As the Watch marks its first anniversary on Sunday — two days
before Apple’s quarterly earnings announcement — the product’s
fate is critical to the company. It is Apple’s first all-new
product since the iPad and a test of its ability to innovate under
Chief Executive Tim Cook, when sales of iPhones are slowing.
So far, the numbers appear solid. Apple doesn’t disclose sales,
but analysts estimate about 12 million Watches were sold in year
one. At an estimated average price of $500, that is a $6 billion
business — three times the annual revenue of activity tracker
Apple Watch can’t be neatly summarized with a one-word description like “hit” or “flop”. It has some serious, deep flaws, but it has sold well — especially considering those flaws. And the people who own one tend to really like it.
It’s a misconception that what Apple does best is unveil mind-blowing new products. What Apple does best is iterate year after year after year — exactly what Apple Watch needs.
On that front, Wakabayashi writes:
There are relatively easy fixes for some concerns. Apple is
working on adding cell-network connectivity and a faster processor
to its next-generation Watch, according to people familiar with
★ Monday, 25 April 2016