New data shows Apple shipped 11.6 million Apple Watches in 2015

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Apple shipped an impressive 11.6 million Apple Watches in 2015, making it the top smartwatch worldwide, according to the latest figures from IDC. However, the device wasn’t the top wearable; that titles continues to be held by Fitbit.

With 11.6 million shipments, Apple is the third-biggest wearables vendor in the industry, with a 14.9 percent share of the market in 2015. Xiaomi just beat that with 12 million shipments and a 15.4 percent share, while Fitbit is way out in front with 21 million shipments and a 26.9 percent share.

The wearables market is a clear three-horse race for now, with Garmin in fourth place claiming only a 4.2 percent share with 3.3 million shipments, and Samsung in fifth place with a 4 percent share from 3.1 million shipments.

Xiaomi enjoyed by far the biggest growth with a staggering 951.8 percent increase over 2014’s shipments, while Fitbit’s grew 93.2 percent. There isn’t a figure for Apple Watch growth, of course, because it wasn’t available in 2014.

IDC wearables 2015

In total, 78.1 million wearables were shipped last year, a jump of 172 percent from 2014. A third of those shipments happened during the fourth quarter — which includes the lucrative holiday shopping season — which is an increase of 127 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014.

IDC believes expectations are higher for Apple Watch 2, which is expected to bring greater integration with platforms like HealthKit and ResearchKit, and new connection capabilities.

Recent rumors have claimed the new device will be much like the existing Apple Watch, but with a FaceTime camera, improved Wi-Fi capabilities, and a bigger battery. It is expected to make its debut in March, alongside the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3.

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