Well that didn't last long.
According to research firm Canalys, the US firm shipped 3.9 million Apple Watch units in the third-quarter, the strongest ever for Apple. The numbers for Q3 2017 suggest that Apple shipped 3.9 million units of the Apple Watch, which is the company's strongest quarter ever for the Watch.
Canalys Analyst Jason Low stated for the report that "Strong demand for the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has dispelled service providers' doubts about the cellular smartwatch not appealing to customers". Plus, more than one in five of the Apple Watch devices sold was apparently a cellular model (4G).
Following a lull previous year, smartwatches seem to be in high demand. Xiaomi, which led the global wearables space briefly, has slipped down to the second place, shipping 3.6 million wearables, while Fitbit is in the third spot after shipping 3.5 million units. It may have dipped in the middle, but Apple grabbed the top spot in the first quarter of the year for the first time since Q3 2015.
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Apple CEO, Tim Cook, commented on its smartwatch sales in the company's most recent earnings report.
This means Apple now commands 23% of the wearable market, Xiaomi has to make do with 21% market share, while Fitbit sits at 20%. After the big three there is a big drop off, with Huawei a distant fourth on six per cent.
Overall, Canalys believes that Apple was the #1 wearable manufacturer for the quarter including both smartwatches and less-feature-rich smart fitness bands.
Q3 is traditionally the year's weakest period for wearable sales - since many consumer hold off on large ticket items until the Christmas period - but Canalys said the top vendors were all up on the previous quarter. The Chinese government has now disabled the Apple Watch LTE access due to apparent security concerns, but the once the issue is resolved, Canalys expects strong demand from the Chinese buyers as well, according to 9to5mac. "Google must show stronger commitment to help Android Wear vendors, which are now mostly watchmakers and fashion brands, to further improve the user experience and app ecosystem". The final entry in the top 5 is Samsung with 5% of the market.