The Apple iWatch, which could be unveiled this October, might outsell the iPad in its first year, according to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, reports AppleInsider.
He predicts iWatch sales should match the iPad’s incredibly successful launch, reaching 21 million units in Apple’s fiscal 2015, followed by 36 million units, the year after.
by comparison, the iPhone saw sales of 5.4 million units in its first year.
While the analyst expects iWatch sales to track iPad sales in scope, he notes, “iWatch might do better because the customer base is larger than when iPad launched and the ASP [average selling price] might be less. On the other hand, iWatch is the first product to be worn, which might not appeal to all users.”
He also is increasingly confident that Apple will introduce the iWatch before the holidays this year, given the recent announcement of HealthKit at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference.
Separately, Apple just received a patent for a fitness gadget that could count repetitions for weight lifters. It would also work with a sensor that straps to a runner’s shoe to let you know when the shoe is wearing out and no longer provides proper support.