Apple Watch on pace to beat iPhone’s first-year sales

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The Apple Watch
Apple Watch sales are holding steady.
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Apple Watch orders are currently coming in at a rate of around 30,000 units per day — according to analytics provided by Slice Intelligence, which combed through the e-receipts of around 14,000 online shoppers who used Slice’s services.

Although there was, unsurprisingly, a big drop-off from launch day, numbers appear to have been pretty consistent since then. So far, Apple has sold upwards of 2.5 million Apple Watches — more than the iPod, iPhone, or iPad sold during the same period of time in their first year.

78% of 1.7 million Apple Watch orders still haven’t shipped

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78% of all Apple Watch orders still haven't shipped. Photo: Slice Intelligence
78% of all Apple Watch orders still haven't shipped. Photo: Slice Intelligence

Last week, researchers at Slice Intelligence claimed that Apple had taken orders for as many as 957,000 Apple Watches in the first 24 hours that it was available on Apple.com. And that was in the U.S. alone.

Now Slice is back, with new numbers suggesting that demand for the Apple Watch is far, far exceeding supply. According to Slice, in fact, Apple may have sold as many as 1.7 million Apple Watches since pre-orders began.

And if your Apple Watch still hasn’t shipped, you’re not alone: 78% of all Apple Watch buyers are in the same boat.

An estimated 1 million Apple Watches sold in U.S. in first 24 hours

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Apple Watch did some monster pre-orders in its first day on sale. Photo: Leander Kahney
Apple Watch did some monster pre-orders in its first day on sale. Photo: Leander Kahney

If researchers at Slice Intelligence are to be believed, the Apple Watch scored big when it became available for preorders last week.

How big? Try 957,000 people preordering in the U.S. on Friday alone — with the more-affordable Apple Watch Sport model racking up the biggest number of sales.

Check out more of the breakdown figures and interesting sales stats below.