Following months of rumors, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch at an event on March 9, 2015. It has been about one year since we first saw the wearable, and much has happened since then.
With the debut of Apple Watch, Cupertino was catering to a rapidly growing market of smartwatch adopters. IDC predicts smartwatch shipments will reach record-high numbers over the next year, hitting 111 million units by the end of 2016 and doubling by the end of 2019.
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When it first shipped in late April 2015, the Apple Watch was considered an accessory for the iPhone, which needed to be nearby for many of the apps to function. This generated user demands for the Watch to be more independent.
While its limitations were addressed in later builds of watchOS, the initial version of Apple Watch proved popular. Apple touted the health and communications features in the Watch, which experienced a wave of preorders when it was first released in April.
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