Smartwatches are an important product category in their own right and also a barometer for a complete picture of the active breadth of technology ecosystems. Smartwatches, primarily from Apple or using the Android environment, form a sizable market share, in active use by one-ninth to one-fourth of online adults in the US, Germany, the UK, and Japan. Gen Z and millennial adults are leading their use. The Boomer/Silent generations have a small but quickly growing share. Looking ahead, purchase plans are not substantial, although they describe a reasonable replacement market.
This MetaFAQ reports on the market penetration of smartwatches, split by generational age group, Apple and Android, and country. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1218_wret] in TUP Lenses: Consumer Electronics; Technology Ecosystems; Wearables, Hearables, Listening, and Speaking
Smartwatches have quickly gained popularity, gracing the wrists of millions. These devices offer more than just timekeeping and fitness monitoring; they’ve evolved into personal assistants. Users value their multi-functionality, utilizing them for calendars, health metrics, reminders, and more. In addition, they’ve become a symbol of modern luxury. However, the latest wave of TUP confirms that the smartwatch market penetration seems to have reached a peak or plateau. Now, it’s largely about replacing older models rather than attracting first-time users. Therefore, manufacturers need to adapt their strategies, focusing less on expanding their user base and more on meeting the needs of existing customers.
These TUP tables report on the number and percentage of online adults regularly using a smartwatch such as an Apple Watch. They also include the number who are planning to purchase one within the coming 12 months.
Apple is the envy of many technology companies, primarily for their active installed base of loyal customers. While Apple’s highest penetration is with the iPhone, there is a solid overlap with Macs, iPads, and Apple Watch.
This MetaFAQs reports on the depth of Apple’s customer loyalty as measured by the collection of Apple products they use – iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It reports on the percentage of online adults in the US, the UK, Germany, and Japan that use any of Apple’s key devices and which ones they actively use. It further splits Apple’s installed base by age group, reporting on penetration and the average number of devices used.
Among Americans, active smartwatch usage has shifted towards traditionally disadvantaged sociodemographic groups and away from those traditionally advantaged. Overall, age is a prominent factor affecting smartwatch usage, with younger Americans having the highest active usage rates. There has been a flattening of the usage profile, with market growth among the youngest and oldest Americans. The smartwatch market is currently a replacement market, with 45% of active smartwatch users having purchase plans versus 14% of those not using a smartwatch. Consequently, the profile of smartwatch users is unlikely to change in the coming year.
This MetaFAQs looks at the five-year profile of American adults who actively use a smartwatch along several lines: the socioeconomic group they are part of, their life stage, employment status, and age. It also profiles those planning to purchase a smartwatch in the next 12 months.
Apple Watch usage grew during the pandemic only to shrink below pre-pandemic levels. The shape and composition of the active Apple Watch user base favors younger employed Americans. From 2018 to 2022, active usage dropped overall among historically advantaged groups and rose among those historically disadvantaged. Three historically disadvantaged sociodemographic groups – younger Black, Hispanic, and multi-racial adults – stand out for having higher than average and growing usage.
This TUPdate looks at the five-year profile of American adults who actively use an Apple Watch along several lines: the socioeconomic group they are part of, their life stage, employment status, and age. It also profiles those planning to purchase an Apple Watch in the next 12 months.
As economic shifts, supply chain issues, and the effects of the pandemic linger, Americans continue to express their interest in technology products. However, their current purchase plans are all over the map, with several vital products experiencing a collapse in buyer interest. Tablets and smartwatches are looking up, printers down, and wireless item trackers are flat as consumers reel through their ups and downs.
This MetaFAQs reports on the purchase plans of online Americans for a smartwatch, printer, smartphone (iPhone or Android), wireless item tracker, home computer, fitness tracker, or tablet. The analysis splits 1st-time buyers from repeat buyers while also reporting on the number of current users without plans and those out of the market.
Forward consumer sentiment for buying technology products has weakened substantially in the last year, impacting many products from computers to Apple Watch. This MetaFAQs reports on the change in purchase plans between 2021 and 2022 for many products: smartphones, laptops, desktops, wearables, printers, and Chromebooks.
As the average age of the tech-savvy increases, the face of the average technology user is shifting. A major player in the arena of tech is the American woman aged 40+. This TUPdate reports on the unique attitudes and tech habits of American women at or over 40—a group of 69.3 million Americans. This analysis splits American women aged 40 and older into four segments based on their attitudes, values, and profiles of their use of technology. Report [TUP_doc_2022_0714_fema] in TUP Lenses: User Profile, PCs, Mobile Phones, Households, Activities, Consumer Electronics.
American households have embraced technology products and services in a big way for home entertainment, finances, shopping, and even working from home. This TUP Highlights report reports on important usage shifts and trends among American households: game consoles, smartwatches, printers, streaming music, video doorbells, VR headsets, and much more. Further, this report identifies the changes from 2019 to 2021 among socioeconomic groups that have been historically advantaged or disadvantaged. Included are the shifts in penetration rates for smartphones, PCs, home PCs, tablets, and home printers for the total market as well as within major market segments.
Sociodemographically distinct groups vary in composition, technology devices and services, and how they use what they have. Most advantaged groups have bolstered their technology collection during the pandemic and increased their usage levels. Most disadvantaged segments, meanwhile, have used what they have at hand more so than acquiring newer technology. Older millennials have the wealthiest collection of technology devices, well above that of every other age group. This TUP Highlights report includes the following sections: usage segments, segments, and trends in segments.