Publication date: 20 Sep 2023
Wearables Bounce Back with 8.5% Growth in Q2 2023 and a Positive Forecast, According to IDC
NEEDHAM, Mass., September 20, 2023 – Global shipments for wearable devices returned to growth in the second quarter of 2023 (2Q23) reversing two quarters of decline, according to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. The market grew 8.5% year over year with shipments totaling 116.3 million devices. This growth came at the expense of overall market value as average selling prices (ASPs) fell due to increased competition and discounting by retailers seeking to reduce excess inventory.
Competition from outside the top 5 companies has been on the rise allowing these smaller companies to gain share in the past year. It has also given way to lesser-known form factors such as connected rings. "While fitness tracking, such as steps taken and distances run, has been helpful in capturing the mainstream audience, many consumers are now clamoring for a more holistic approach to health tracking, paving the way for features such as sleep monitoring, recovery metrics, readiness scores, and stress level tracking," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager, Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers at IDC. "This is where smaller brands, such as Oura, Whoop, and Withings, have been able to carve out a niche, though many big name brands and some local companies are closely eyeing this space and are expected to launch products in the coming months."
With growth returning this quarter, IDC forecasts 520 million wearables will be shipped in 2023, up 5.6% from 2022. Hearables will be the top category with nearly 62% of the wearables shipped this year, followed by smartwatches with nearly 32% of shipments. Looking ahead, the market is expected to grow to 625.4 million by the end of 2027, representing a 4.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
"Most consumers think of popular brands like Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit when it comes to wearables, and they would be correct," said Ramon T. Llamas, research director with IDC's Wearables team. "But driving growth are numerous smaller companies that may not have the global aspirations as the market leaders, but instead focus on specific geographies such as China and India with fully featured devices that meet price expectations. Looking ahead, it isn't too hard to imagine some of these brands being mentioned in the same breath as the world's most popular ones, or to imagine moving into adjacent markets where pent-up demand has yet to be fully satisfied."
Top 5 Wearable Device Product Categories: 2023 and 2027 Shipment Volume and Annual Growth, and 2023-2027 CAGR (shipments in millions)
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, September 20, 2023
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