Developer: Apple Watch 3 is now No. 1

A rare peek at Apple Watch adoption rates from the developer of the Pedometer++ app.

From David Smith’s blog:

The Series 3 is being adopted incredibly quickly and just last week became the most popular Apple Watch overall amongst my users with 33% of the overall user-base. The Series 0 is steadily falling, currently at around 24%.

apple watch 3 pedometer

More stats from Smith’s blog:

  • The 42mm : 38m split I’ve seen is around 60/40.
  • The LTE : Non-LTE split for Series 3 has been around 50/50 (slightly higher when first released but 50/50 since Christmas)
  • Overall Apple Watch adoption amongst the admittedly fitness oriented audience of Pedometer++ is around 12% overall.

Smith says he started tracking this stuff because he can’t wait to drop support for the original Apple Watch (purple in the fever chart):

From a development perspective the Series 3 is a delight to work with. It is fast, capable and LTE allows a wide variety of new applications (for example, the podcast support I added to Workouts++). This stands in contrast to the challenges of working with the Series 0 (or Apple Watch (1st generation) as Apple would call it). It is just slow and honestly a bit painful to develop for.

My take: Developers. Developers. Developers.


  1. Horace Dediu said:
    The graph also suggests his user base increased by about 13% in the 6 months since Series 3 launched.

    March 15, 2018
    • Ken Cheng said:
      Okay, help us mathematically-challenged, cause this one made a quick calculation that his base increased about 50%!

      March 15, 2018

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