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Apple tops smartwatch chart

Apple has remained at the top of the smartwatch sales chart with 4.7 million units sold.

The tech giant has earned 17 percent of the global wearables market, with Xiaomi following behind by 500,000 shipments in the second quarter of 2018.

According to a report by research firm IDC, there has been a higher demand for fully featured smartwatches, rather than cheaper fitness trackers such as the Fitbit.

IDC's wearables research director Ramon T. Llamas explained: "Basic wearables have been in decline over the past several quarters, but that does not mean that they no longer have a place in the market.

"There still exists multiple market segments who prefer simple and inexpensive wearable devices and this is where wrist-worn fitness trackers and hybrid watches are finding demand."

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that one of Apple's self-driving vehicles was involved in a minor crash in California.

The state's road authority confirmed that the modified Lexus RX450h was rear-ended by a human driver, who was behind the wheel of a Nissan Leaf.

An incident description explained: "An Apple test vehicle in autonomous mode was rear-ended while preparing to merge onto Lawrence Expressway South from Kifer Road.

"The Apple test vehicle was travelling less than 1mph waiting for a safe gap to complete the merge when a 2016 Nissan Leaf contacted the Apple test vehicle at approximately 15mph.

"Both vehicles sustained damage and no injuries were reported by either party."

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