InformationWeek Readers Say No Thanks to Apple Watch

While the Apple Watch is probably the most anticipated piece of technology that will hit store shelves in 2015, the majority of InformationWeek readers are already saying "No, Thanks."

Sep 23, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When CEO Tim Cook unveiled the company's Apple Watch earlier this month, the soon-to-be-released device immediately became the must-have gadget of 2015. However, a majority of InformationWeek readers took a look at the Apple watch and said, "Thanks, but no thanks."

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InformationWeek readers sounded off about Apple's latest offering, as well as smartwatches in general, in a new, online poll posted that asked: "Are you considering buying an Apple Watch or other brand of smartwatch?" Of the 585 participants in InformationWeek's latest readers' poll, about 66.8 percent said no way to the Apple Watch or another smartwatch.

A deeper look at the poll numbers shows that about 23 percent of participants wanted or were interested in the Apple Watch. However, only a very few – 8.7 percent – were interested in another vendor's smartwatch offering, according to Community Editor Susan Nunziata's summary of the results.

The results fly in the face of several recent reports from Gartner, Citigroup, and other technology and analyst firms that are painting a rosier picture of the market for smartwatches, wearables, and other Internet of Things devices, especially with the arrival of the Apple Watch in 2015. One report has the smartwatch market growing from about $2 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018.

If you have any more opinions on the Apple Watch, smartwatches, or the role the Internet of Things will play in the future, check out InformationWeek's coverage of all these topics, and tell us what you think in our comments section, as well as by participating in our readers' polls.

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