Apple has teamed up with some of the sports world’s most notable professional athletes in order to scan their upcoming ‘iWatch’s’ fitness capabilities in intense training environments, according to a source with knowledge of the testing,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.
Apple is currently recruiting professional athletes from the NBA, NHL and MLB to test its iWatch. The reports states that Lakers athlete Kobe Bryant was spotted at Apple’s campus, as he was about to meet up with Sir Jony Ive in regards to testing the upcoming iWatch. Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown was also spotted, as well as a player from the Boston Red Sox and a few other athletes. In regards to the existence of the upcoming Apple wearable device, the athletes have signed non-disclosure agreements too.
This new development is indicating that Apple’s new iWatch will have a strong focus on fitness. Combining the fitness features together with HealthKit in iOS 8, Apple’s iWatch is expecting to monitor things like steps taken, calories burned, and heart rate.Apart from this, reports also specifies that Apple has been working on advanced sensors to read a person’s hydration levels, blood pressure, and sweat.
Apple has also hired former Nike fitness consultant Jay Blahnik to work on its iWatch. Blahnik was part of the development of the Nike+ running accessory and app, which went inside Nike shoes and collaborated with the iPhone. This, however, is not the first time we hear about a possible Nike association in Apple’s wearable plans.
Over the last month, reports have been pointing that the iWatch will come in two sizes and will use a 2.5-inch display. Apple might launch the device during next quarter end along with the iPhone 6.