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IDC: Apple Continues to Lead Global Wearables Market, Huawei Make Big Gains

Wrist-worn wearables accounted for the majority of the market with 63.2 per cent share

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The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can check heart rhythms and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified. Pixabay

Riding on the popularity of wrist-worn and ear-worn devices, global shipments of wearable devices reached 49.6 million units during the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, up 55.2 per cent from the previous year, the International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Friday.

The top five wearable companies by shipment volume, market share, and year-over-year (YoY) growth in Q1 2019 included Apple at the top spot followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 25.8 per cent, 13.3 per cent and 10 per cent market share, respectively.

According to IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker”, wrist-worn wearables accounted for the majority of the market with 63.2 per cent share while ear-worn devices experienced the fastest growth (135.1 per cent YoY) and accounted for 34.6 per cent of all wearables shipped.

“The elimination of headphone jacks and the increased usage of smart assistants both inside and outside the home have been driving factors in the growth of ear-worn wearables,” Jitesh Ubrani, Research Manager for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, said in a statement.

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The elimination of headphone jacks and the increased usage of smart assistants both inside and outside the home have been driving factors in the growth of ear-worn wearables. Pixabay

The Apple Watch became highly successful at capturing unit share, but more importantly dollar share as the average selling price (ASP) of these watches has increased from $426 in Q1 2018 to $455 in the latest quarter.

“Looking ahead, this will become an increasingly important category as major platform and device makers use ear-worn devices as an on-ramp to entice consumers into an ecosystem of wearable devices that complement the smartphone but also offer the ability to leave the phone behind when necessary,” Ubrani said.

Xiaomi ranked second due to the popularity of its Mi Band, which accounted for roughly five million shipments, while Huawei ended the quarter with a market-beating growth of 282.2 per cent.

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Huawei’s success in the wearables market has been directly tied to its success in smartphones as the two products are often bundled together, said IDC. (IANS)

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Apple Releases First Public Beta of its Upcoming iPhone, iPad OS

With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil

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iPadOS delivers exciting features, including a new Home screen with widgets. Pixabay

Apple has released the first public beta of its upcoming iPhone and iPad operating systems (OS), iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, open for everybody to download and experience the test versions.

The final version of the new iPhone and iPad operating systems is scheduled to release later this year, most likely by September, TechCruch reported on Monday.

However, because of bug-risks and chances of patchy experience, users are advised to proceed with caution and not install the beta versions on their primary iPhones and iPads.

According to the report, while some apps and features would not work at all as part of the beta tests, but in some rare cases, beta softwares could also brick devices and make them unusable.

Last week, the iPhone-maker announced the availability of the developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple unveiled iOS 13 with features like the Dark Mode and Apple sign-in, a sturdy Mac Pro desktop for creative professionals and a 30 per cent snappier Face ID.

The new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like the Indian-English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak in a more natural and expressive way – in both male and female voices. The users would be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style.

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According to the iPhone-maker, iOS 13 would reduce app download sizes by up to 50 per cent and make app updates over 60 per cent smaller, resulting in apps launching up to twice as fast.

With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil.

On the other hand, just like iOS 13, iPadOS with Dark Mode feature would be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and iPad mini 4. (IANS)