In fact it's not stopping there as suppliers are claiming that this number is expected to rise and will hit 20 million in 2018.
Digitimes sources in the supply chain for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch say that 4.5M units should ship in Q4, bringing the 2017 total up to 15M units. Also shipping figures does not necessarily equate sales figures, but presumably Apple is trying to match its supply and demand. Xiaomi and Fitbit are both seeing dropping sales for their smart bands, while smartwatch shipments from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Huawei and Motorola remain weak.
One of the main reasons why other vendors have been seeing decreased shipments is due to omnipresent complaints in wearables ranging from high prices, weak battery life, and others.
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We heard previously that the design of the new Apple Watch 3 would be very similar to that of the existing Apple Watch.
Sources have repeatedly said that Apple is gearing up to release its Apple Watch Series 3 wearable, which will be the first to feature an LTE modem. Apple is expected to launch the new smartwatch alongside next generation iPhones in September.
Foxconn did not have any orders for the Apple Watch, but its subsidiary Shunsin Technology has entered the supply chain providing system in packaging (SiP) services for the Apple Watch, the sources added. It's also believed that Compal may become a second Apple Watch supplier sometime in 2018.