#Smartwatch market set to explode as clock ticks down to #AppleWatch launch – an annotated infographic

The burgeoning smartwatch market looks set to explode with the imminent April release of the Apple Watch. App makers are hoping for the same kind of gold rush that arrived with the iPhone App Store in 2008 and have been metaphorically hopping excitedly from foot to foot since the Apple Watch launch event. Talk of the Watch even dominated CES 2015, despite Apple not even exhibiting at the gadget show.

There have been some bumps along the road so far, as manufacturing issues beset early production. There has also been widespread interwebs carping about the projected battery life of Watch. Mind you, at this stage, no one actually knows.

Of course, the Apple Watch isn’t the only smartwatch game in town, with (inevitably) competing offerings from tech rivals Google and Microsoft. There’s also the not-insignificant matter of Pebble’s range of smartwatches, with their Watch-trouncing seven-day battery life and perfectly reasonable price points. The latest Pebble watch, the color e-ink Time, recently blew the roof off its Kickstarter campaign, for example.

How exactly the nascent smartwatch market shakes out will have to wait until after Easter, when Apple finally rolls away the stone and reveals the Watch to all its disciples.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Apple Watch gold rush
Apple Watch gold rush
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