One Apple Watch sold for every seven iPhones in Q3 2017

Report: Apple is back to being the world's top wearable maker

Report: Apple is back to being the world's top wearable maker

The new device, Apple's first that connects to the internet without being tethered to a smartphone, took the US mobile giant to 3.9 million shipments in the recent Q3 2017, according to new data from Canalys. It posted its strongest quarter so far in 2017, thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3.

Canalys analyst Jason Low notes that cellular connectivity appears to be driving demand, which is mitigating concerns at wireless carriers that consumers aren't interested in cellular smartwatches (a concern that I shared previously). This was ahead of 3.6 million fitness trackers and other basic wearables shipped by Xiaomi and 3.5 million by Fitbit. Still, their performance was better than average in the sluggish Q3, according to Canalys, where business has historically been slower.

After a short disruption by Xiaomi, Apple Inc. "Apple and Samsung are increasing user stickiness and brand loyalty by adopting an ecosystem strategy, which includes wearables and audio accessories".

Overall, Canalys believes that Apple was the #1 wearable manufacturer for the quarter including both smartwatches and less-feature-rich smart fitness bands.

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Apple Watch Series 3 launched at the end of September. The firm estimates that the gen-three version accounted for just 800,000 shipments, due to supply issues, which bodes well for Apple coming into the lucrative holiday season. It is worth noting that Xiaomi and Fitbit primarily sell basic wearable, while Apple exclusively dominates the smartwatch category for now. The Chinese government has now disabled the Apple Watch LTE access due to apparent security concerns, but the once the issue is resolved, Canalys expects strong demand from the Chinese buyers as well, according to 9to5mac.

Apple doesn't announce sales figures for the company's wearable devices. Sales would have been even stronger if retailers had not underestimated demand.

At 9.53 a.m. EST, Apple shares were down 0.57% at $173.02.

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