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Apple Watch: will the smartwatch trend really catch on in the UK?

Last week saw the long-awaited unveiling of Apple’s first truly new product in four years as it pulled back the curtain on the Apple Watch, but given the recent publication of lukewarm adoption statistics for the smartwatch market, will the trend really catch on?

The introduction of Apple Watch to the health and fitness market will no doubt improve the workouts of enthusiasts and go some way towards encouraging people to be more physically active, though this will take time and rely on early adoption and promotion of the technology’s benefits.

Recent statistics from research house Mintel show just how tentative UK consumers are towards smartwatch devices, despite interest currently raging for more basic health monitors, wearable straps to collate fitness metrics and fitness apps on mobile phones.

As it stands, only two per cent of consumers in the UK currently own a smartwatch, however five times this number are considering purchasing one in the next three months, according to Mintel’s Digital Trends Autumn Report – so interest is certainly beginning to swirl.

However, the problem area for consumers remains around what they’d actually use the device for and whether it actually furthers the functions they can potentially already carry out on their smartphones.

Mintel’s report backs up such concerns by showing that of the 10 per cent of Brits who are considering buying a smartwatch, 31 per cent of them said they like the idea of having one, but don’t actually know what they would end up using it for.

Perhaps one way for manufacturers to satisfy consumers would be to allow a device trial period, with research showing that 44 per cent of those interested would like to try out a smartwatch for a few days before deciding whether or not to buy one.

Indications suggest that as the technology develops and people become more widely aware of its potential perks, interest in purchasing a device will be sure to increase. Such a summation has been backed by figures from interested consumers, with 37 per cent of them believing that smartwatches will become an everyday item in the future.

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Last week saw the long-awaited unveiling of Apple’s first truly new product in four years as it pulled back the curtain on the Apple Watch, but given the recent publication of lukewarm adoption statistics for the smartwatch market, will the trend really catch on?
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News

Apple Watch: will the smartwatch trend really catch on in the UK?

Last week saw the long-awaited unveiling of Apple’s first truly new product in four years as it pulled back the curtain on the Apple Watch, but given the recent publication of lukewarm adoption statistics for the smartwatch market, will the trend really catch on?

The introduction of Apple Watch to the health and fitness market will no doubt improve the workouts of enthusiasts and go some way towards encouraging people to be more physically active, though this will take time and rely on early adoption and promotion of the technology’s benefits.

Recent statistics from research house Mintel show just how tentative UK consumers are towards smartwatch devices, despite interest currently raging for more basic health monitors, wearable straps to collate fitness metrics and fitness apps on mobile phones.

As it stands, only two per cent of consumers in the UK currently own a smartwatch, however five times this number are considering purchasing one in the next three months, according to Mintel’s Digital Trends Autumn Report – so interest is certainly beginning to swirl.

However, the problem area for consumers remains around what they’d actually use the device for and whether it actually furthers the functions they can potentially already carry out on their smartphones.

Mintel’s report backs up such concerns by showing that of the 10 per cent of Brits who are considering buying a smartwatch, 31 per cent of them said they like the idea of having one, but don’t actually know what they would end up using it for.

Perhaps one way for manufacturers to satisfy consumers would be to allow a device trial period, with research showing that 44 per cent of those interested would like to try out a smartwatch for a few days before deciding whether or not to buy one.

Indications suggest that as the technology develops and people become more widely aware of its potential perks, interest in purchasing a device will be sure to increase. Such a summation has been backed by figures from interested consumers, with 37 per cent of them believing that smartwatches will become an everyday item in the future.

Read More:

Apple’s ‘iWatch’ could send wearable sector into overdrive: research

No pain no gain? Wristband provides electric shock to help banish bad habitsRevealed: The health and fitness divide between iPhone and Android users

Wearable tech devices expected to dominate Christmas lists this yearGoogle continues wearable tech push with smart lens plans

Adidas could match Google Fit partnership with new wearable deviceFitness apps usage spikes 62 per cent in six months

Last week saw the long-awaited unveiling of Apple’s first truly new product in four years as it pulled back the curtain on the Apple Watch, but given the recent publication of lukewarm adoption statistics for the smartwatch market, will the trend really catch on?
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48834_322406.jpg

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People with depression should be prescribed exercise and then monitored for the first 12 weeks
Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people with
The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing
Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness
People experiencing homelessness are being offered free access to leisure centres by Oxford City Council.
IHRSA has appointed Elizabeth Clark as its new president and CEO. Clark joins the industry
Crown Sport Lockers (UK) Ltd
Crown Sport Lockers (UK) Ltd
Orbit4 is the first digital ecosystem that manages and facilitates the entire commercial fitness product
Boutique studio operator TRIB3 has launched its own-brand range of luxury toiletries. The operator, which
Rainer Schaller's RSG Group is bringing its John Reed brand of health clubs to the
The government needs to urgently set out its plans to support physical activity and fitness
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Hong Kong-based Bricks Group has revealed plans to launch its health club chain, U Time,
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Supplier showcase
Safe Space Lockers has extended its partnership with boutique fitness franchise TRIB3, in a new 10-site supplier agreement, following the recent installation at TRIB3 Edinburgh
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Supplier showcase
An ongoing partnership between Active Leeds and Hussle has created exciting results in the form of increased usage and memberships
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Physical activity gives structure and meaning to people’s lives, according to new research
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Come join the party!
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As the UK’s first dedicated development framework for leisure comes to the end of its initial four-year term, Jamie Groves and Sarah Watts discuss the impact
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Consumer research has shown a population-wide surge in interest in reducing lockdown weight gain and getting fitter. Is the industry ready and willing to put its hand up to help people with weight loss? Kath Hudson reports
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Ben Alderton

Founder, Solo 60
We see a world where every major city has access to Solo 60
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As our sector starts to recover, there will be changes in the needs of communities, consumers and the provision of opportunities. To explore this subject we hosted a virtual round table to better understand views on key workforce questions
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The industry can be the catalyst for recovery from the pandemic, as well as addressing many of the underlying issues which enabled COVID-19 to wreak such havoc
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Opinion
promotion
While much of the fitness industry has reopened its doors across the UK over the past weeks, many members are yet to return.
Opinion: Re-engaging your post-lockdown absent members
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: INEOS: The future of hand-sanitising
As gyms begin to reopen, cleanliness and hygiene remain an essential part of ensuring staff and members are confident to return.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: First digital ecosystem for fitness equipment is launched after £300,000 funding boost
Orbit4 is the first digital ecosystem that manages and facilitates the entire commercial fitness product cycle.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Company profiles
Company profile: FIBO Global Fitness
FIBO Global Fitness is the leading international trade show for fitness, wellness & health....
Company profiles
Company profile: Mediana Co., Ltd.
Mediana specialises in the manufacture of medical and health care devices, such as body composition ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
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Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
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