Tech giant Apple are yet to release the official figures for its pre-orders of the highly anticipated Apple Watch, which marks the company's first wearable. However, thanks to independent researcher Ming-Chi Kuo, we can predict that the figure is around an impressive 2.3 million.

Kuo has previously been spot on when estimating Apple's figures, and he also predicts that Apple will aim to produce and ship two to three million watches a month.

"We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3 million units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3 million by end of May," said Kuo in a statement published by MacRumors. "Considering that most consumers who pre-ordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global pre-orders of over 2.3 million units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%."

If Kuo is right, the pre-orders alone will place Apple at the top of the smartwatch industry, as Android Wear sold just 720,000 units in 2014.