Apple overtook Fitbit to become the world’s largest wearables vendor in Q1 2017, in the latest indication the sector is bearing fruit for the technology giant. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple captured a 16 per cent market share during the quarter on shipments of 3.5 million wearables worldwide, a 59 per cent rise from 2.2 million units shipped in the same quarter of 2016.
The growth was mainly driven by the new Apple Watch Series 2, which is selling relatively well in the US, UK and elsewhere, “due to enhanced styling, intensive marketing and a good retail presence,” Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics said.
Strategy Analytics figures back up comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company’s fiscal Q2 (calendar Q1) earnings call last week, when he stated combined revenue from “wearable products in the last four quarters was the size of a Fortune 500 company.” Cook’s comments suggest Apple’s wearable products, which includes its Watch and headphone products, exceeded the $5 billion mark, and were the first time the company offered an indication of the category’s financial performance.
Apple so far listed its wearables business in its “Other Products” category. Strategy Analytics’ research found Fitbit shipped 2.9 million wearables worldwide during the first quarter of the year, a dip of 36 per cent annually from 4.5 million units in Q1 2016.
The vendor slipped to third place in Strategy Analytics’ rankings, behind Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, which placed second on shipments of 3.4 million wearables during the quarter. “Fitbit has lost its leadership to Apple due to slowing demand for its fitness bands and a late entry to the emerging smartwatch market,” Strategy Analytics director Cliff Raskind explained, adding: “Fitbit’s shipments, revenue, pricing and profit are all shrinking at the moment and the company has a major fight on its hands to recover.”
Total global wearable shipments hit 22 million units in Q1 2017, up from 18.2 million in the comparable 2016 quarter, with new smartwatch models driving demand across North America, Western Europe and Asia.
Logitech Launches its Aurora Collection in the Gulf Region
Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection in the Gulf region, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming Headset, G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard, G713 Gaming Keyboard, G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The new collection was designed while addressing the needs and wants of women gamers and appealing to all gamers who are looking for a playful design and curated experience.
The Aurora Collection has a distinctive aesthetic and design language. It also includes Logitech G’s advanced gaming-grade technologies like LIGHTSPEED high-performance wireless technology and Blue VO!CE microphone technology. The result is a collection of gear that invites all gamers to come as they are while delivering the advanced feature set all gamers expect.
The Aurora Collection was conceptualized based on the feedback from women gamers across the community and brought to life by a team of predominantly women innovation, design, engineering, and marketing leaders at Logitech. The collection was created to meet the gaming desires and needs of an underrepresented segment of gamers and reimagine the future of gaming where representation is firmly present.
The Aurora Collection consists of:
- G735 Wireless Gaming Headset – Featuring a White Mist finish, ethereal RGB lighting, and on-ear dual-audio mixing, the G735 is a versatile option for any player. G735 is the first Logitech G headset with the feature to modulate a player’s voice. Players can enjoy long gaming sessions with 56+ hr battery life (without lighting), and experience wireless freedom through Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, and Bluetooth.
- G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards – The G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and G713 Gaming Keyboard deliver low-key vibes with high-key performance so players can express themselves and play their way. A compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height ensure comfort all day long. Pack it up and place it anywhere with a rechargeable battery that delivers 25 hours of non-stop gaming, and LIGHTSPEED wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Both keyboards come with an included Cloud-Soft palm rest for all-day comfort.
- G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse –G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse is purpose-built for smaller hands with compact contoured fit, and advanced gaming technology. At just 85 grams, G705 is designed for long-lasting, lightweight comfort and performance. With a gaming-grade sensor, ultra-responsive LIGHTSPEED wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and an easy-reach DPI-cycling button, gamers can play their best.
CORSAIR Launches HS55 WIRELESS CORE Gaming Headset
CORSAIR has today launched a compelling new addition to its gaming headset lineup: the HS55 WIRELESS CORE. This stylish headset boasts two ways to connect to your audio via low-latency 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth. Thanks to its lightweight construction along with plush memory foam ear pads, the HS55 WIRELESS CORE delivers essential all-day comfort and great wireless sound.
The HS55 WIRELESS CORE offers superb versatility to connect to a plethora of devices, including PC, Mac, or PS5 with low-latency 2.4GHz wireless and a strong, unwavering wireless signal with up to 50ft of range. In addition, Bluetooth enables you to listen on tablets, mobile devices, and more with ease. Thanks to 24-hour battery life, you can enjoy all your game audio, music, and media untethered from cords, and fast charging allows 6 hours of playback with just 15 minutes of charging.
The lightweight HS55 WIRELESS CORE is perfect for all-day, all-night audio. Leatherette memory foam ear pads surround you in plush comfort, and an adjustable headband lies easy on your head for hours of cushioned listening. On-ear audio controls place volume, mute, sidetone, and EQ preset adjustments at your fingertips, so you can fine-tune your headset without interrupting your game.
The HS55 WIRELESS CORE delivers the crucial incoming and outgoing audio performance gamers need to communicate effectively. A pair of high-quality, custom-tuned 50mm neodymium audio drivers create excellent sound with the range to hear everything on the battlefield, including support for Tempest 3D Audio on PS5. Confidently direct your team with an omnidirectional microphone that captures your voice loud and clear, or flip the mic up to mute yourself instantly.
With versatile connection options, a remarkably comfortable lightweight design, and high-quality audio, the HS55 WIRELESS CORE presses play on all-day wireless sound. The CORSAIR HS55 WIRELESS CORE gaming headset is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.
The CORSAIR HS55 WIRELESS CORE gaming headset is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.
Logitech Launches New Webcams and Headphones for the Hybrid Work Era
Logitech has launched two new product series, Brio 500 webcams and Zone Vibe headphones, designed to meet the evolving needs of hybrid workers. A recent study showed more than 89% of work-from-home adults struggle with unflattering camera angles, poor lighting conditions, and field-of-view limitations when using a built-in laptop camera. Brio 500 webcams and Zone Vibe headphones address the challenges users face when working from home, while modernizing work and play experiences. Both make it easier for IT managers to equip their organizations’ remote and hybrid workforces in an environmentally sustainable way.
“Many remote and hybrid workers are still underequipped and grappling with pre-pandemic era solutions,” said Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration. “Our innovative new genre of Brio webcams and Zone Vibe headphones answer the call of modern workers who need business-grade quality, style, and affordability for work and play. Transformational features like Brio’s Show Mode open up new sharing opportunities for teachers, designers, and architects to easily present physical objects, notes, and sketches remotely over video.”
Brio 500 Webcams
Created for those who want enterprise-grade audio and video quality, personalization, and more engaging experiences on video calls, Brio 500 series (Brio 500 and Brio 505) is a new class of webcams that solve the most common video conferencing challenges. Brio 500 series introduces the Show Mode feature that makes it easy to share sketches or other physical objects on the desk. With an innovative mounting system and a built-in sensor that allows users to tilt the camera down to focus on objects, Brio automatically flips the image to render the correct orientation into video calls.
Stylish design and fashionable colors–graphite, off-white, and rose–give individuals the freedom to customize their workstations to suit their personality and taste. RightSight technology (enabled through Logi Tune) automatically frames the user, even when moving around, while built-in innovations like RightLight 4 automatically correct substandard lighting.
Zone Vibe Headphones
Logitech’s new Zone Vibe series are the first wireless headphones in the market to combine business-grade performance with comfort, style, and affordability. Also available in graphite, off-white and rose colors, they are designed to be comfortable for all-day collaboration with colleagues and connecting with family. These lightweight over-the-ear headphones weigh just 6.5 ounces, and feature soft-to-the-touch knitted fabric and memory foam. See details at Zone Vibe 100, Zone Vibe 125, and Zone Vibe Wireless.
For IT teams outfitting employee workstations and home offices, the Brio series is plug-and-play, compatible with most video conferencing platforms, and certified for Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom. Logitech Sync integration with Brio 505 allows IT admins to update firmware and troubleshoot problems so hybrid teams can collaborate without missing a beat.
Zone Vibe Wireless presents the opportunity to offer employees enterprise-grade audio that’s easy to use and looks stylish for multiple types of users so they no longer have to trade “looking good” for “sounding good.” And because of compatibility with video conferencing platforms and the ability to push updates through Logi Tune and Logitech Sync, IT has fewer hassles and help desk tickets to manage.
Logitech’s new webcams and headphones help workers thrive in today’s hybrid era—professional enough for the office, perfect for working from home while making it easier for IT teams to help users perform at their best and do right by our planet.
Brio 500 series and Zone Vibe headphones are certified carbon neutral, which means the carbon impact of the products has been reduced to zero due to Logitech’s investment in carbon offsetting and removal projects. The plastic parts in Brio 500 include certified post-consumer recycled plastic: 68% for graphite and black and 54% for off-white and rose. Zone Vibe is made with a minimum of 25% recycled plastic. Both product families are packaged in the paper that comes from FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources.
The Brio 500 webcam series and Zone Vibe 100 and 125 headphones will be available globally in September 2022 on logitech.com and at other global retailers. Zone Vibe Wireless headset will be available in December at authorized channels. The suggested retail price for the Brio 500 webcam series is $129. The suggested retail price for Zone Vibe 100 is $99.99; Zone Vibe 125 is $129.99, and Zone Vibe Wireless is $129.
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