Global Wearable Shipments, 2014-2020 [TABLE]
Estimates for 2014 wearables shipments made by multiple firms showed a gap of 10 million units between the most conservative and most aggressive projections, eMarketer found. On the fringes, International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated shipments of 19.6 million units worldwide for 2014, while researchers at CCS Insight put the number at 29.0 million.
Wearable device shipment projections for 2015 vary even more widely. IDC forecast global shipments would reach 45.7 million units this year—a 133.2% increase from 2014—whereas CCS Insight estimated 75.0 million wearable devices would be shipped, up 158.6% year over year. Yano Research Institute has taken the most aggressive stance, forecasting shipments of 104.8 million wearable devices this year—more than four times the number the research firm estimated for 2014. Read the rest at eMarketer.