When the iPhone was first launched, many were skeptical about Apple’s ability to make phones, but fast forward to today, the iPhone has become one of the hottest gadgets in the market at the moment. Now the same skepticism greeted the Apple Watch upon its launch, especially given its price tag which made it more expensive than other smartwatches out there.
However it seems that according to a report from Forbes, it is expected that the Apple Watch could very well outpace the sales of the original iPhone in its first year. Based on a chart put together by Statista, it has been estimated that the iPhone sold 5.4 million units in its first year, and based on the unofficial numbers of the Apple Watch, pre-orders for the device are said to be around the 2.3 million mark which is already close to half of what the iPhone sold.
Analyst Gene Munster has also predicted that demand for the Apple Watch will ramp up for the rest of the year, especially during the holiday season which could mean that by this time next year, the Apple Watch could easily surpass the original iPhone in sales. In fact a J.P. Morgan analyst had earlier predicted that Apple could sell as many as 26 million Apple Watches in 2015 alone, way more than what the original iPhone sold for back in the day.
It remains to be seen if any of these predictions will come true as Apple has yet to officially release the numbers of the Apple Watch sales, which is odd as you would have expected Apple to happily brag about its sales figures if the numbers are true.