Apple Watch to grab half of all smartwatch display shipments in 2015

A record 34 million smartwatch displays will ship during 2015, with 49 percent being destined for the Apple Watch, claims analyst firm IHS Research.

A record 34 million smartwatch displays will ship during 2015, with 49 percent being destined for the Apple Watch, claims analyst firm IHS Research.

This shipment forecast represents a 250 percent growth year-over-year, but things aren't all rosy, with IHS predicting that smartwatch display shipments will decline to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015.

"Apple Watch has attracted a lot of attention from consumers, which has led to increased demand," said Hiroshi Hayase, director of analysis and research for IHS Technology.

"The display market is carefully watching consumer response to products in the smartwatch category, which should help to improve future display technologies."

Because both Apple Watch and Samsung Gear use active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels, this will make up 58 percent of total smartwatch panels shipped, with the Apple Watch grabbing 84 percent of those AMOLED panels.

But even Apple might not be able to keep the smartwatch bubble inflated for long, with KGI Securities cutting its prediction for Apple Watch shipments by a half, down to under 15 million for this year.

Apple Watch is currently only available from Apple's online store, with the 42mm versions experiencing a 2 to 3-week delay, and the 38mm ones shipping in 5 to 7 business days.

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