Apple Recruiting Pro Athletes to Test iWatch's Fitness Capabilities

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    Apple's iWatch is currently being tested by professional athletes from the MLB, NHL, and NBA to measure its fitness capabilities in rigorous training environments, reports 9to5Mac, citing a source with knowledge of the testing. Apple has reportedly invited several athletes, like LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant, to its Cupertino campus to discuss the iWatch.
    Kobe Bryant was seen on the Apple campus back in May and is said to have met with Apple's chief designer Jony Ive, who has a leading role developing the iWatch. The athletes are likely testing out the multitude of health and fitness sensors built into the device, said to measure everything from sleep quality to heart rate to provide an overall picture of health.

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    The source also reiterates that Apple's iWatch will be "positioned as a fashion accessory," which is in line with previous reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo has predicted that Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, competing with low and high-end watches alike. At the higher end, the iWatch could retail for thousands of dollars.

    Both former Yves. St. Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who serves as a vice president, and Angela Ahrendts, in charge of retail stores, are said to be involved in marketing and strategies for selling fashion products at Apple locations.

    According to recent reports from reputable news outlets, the iWatch will come in at least two sizes, with one device having a screen size of 2.5 inches. The design is said to feature a slightly rectangular face that protrudes slightly from a band to create an arch shape around the wrist. The iWatch, which may launch at an October event, is also said to include a sapphire crystal display, a touch interface, integration with existing iOS devices, and wireless charging capabilities.

    Article Link: Apple Recruiting Pro Athletes to Test iWatch's Fitness Capabilities
     
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    It's a good marketing strategy, if nothing else. Get a whole lot of top athletes wearing the iWatch on day one, and people are going to take notice.

    And hey, if Apple does want to market this thing for fitness, it doesn't hurt to get feedback from people who are very fit and know what they want from something like this.
     
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    Lmao. That dynasty has been over for a few years now!
     
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    I call this the Beats strategy.
     
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    You mean like this:

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    I never understood people who would buy something because they saw a celebrity or athlete using it.
     
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    If true, this adds "perceived credibility" to the product, something missing from other launches. They may all work, but this adds a lil extra.

    But I am a shameless fan of the iwatch concept so what do I know. :D
     
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    NHL yay! I think this could be happening but that picture is just a watch.
     
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    What if the iWatch is just a line of nice watches with sensors built in? No screen. No special features. Just a traditional mechanical watch with some sensors and bluetooth le. Solves the battery issue much easier.

    People could be wearing them in public now with no one the wiser.
     
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    It's also a very Nike thing to do, just like when they rolled out the Fuelband. You couldn't see a Nike athlete without them wearing one. I wouldn't be surprised though that 9to5mac saw this one pic of Kobe and turned that into this story though.
     
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    You are misappropriating this quote. It's from Steve Jobs. It's how he threaded the needle on the iPod phenom. You think Apple donated all those iPods for use in guest bags for Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award attendees just to be friendly? ;)

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    On topic -- if Apple can make fitness band with all the rumored features AND make it look like a nice thin fashion watch it going to shock the world. That's a very tough sonata to play. I have high hopes, but I think we are a few generations off before it can fully mature into the watch of rumor maker's dreams.
     
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    The rumor is a 2.5" touch screen though.
     
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    Do I remember correctly that both Swatch and Rolex gave Apple the finger as partners in the project?

    If true, both companies are in for a rude awakening.
     
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    So? It's a rumor.
     
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    Haven't worn a watch on my wrist in 20 years. No plans to start either.
     
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    Makes sense. If you want to release a watch that tracks health, why not put it on the top athletes? Celebrity status aside, they would be able to put the sensors through its paces better than an Apple engineer, sitting at a desk, or losing the dang thing at a bar...
     
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    kobe is on the verge of retiring, with his injury there isn't much testing he could or should be doing if he wants to have a chance of still being relevant in the upcoming season. they should consult with someone else
     
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    I know Swatch did. Not sure about Rolex. I don't think a watch from Apple is going to do anything to Rolex but it could ding Swatch's low end lines.
     
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    Please stop repeating "sligthly rectangular".

    And 2.5"? Is this going to be an iwatch or an ibracelet?
     
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    And 9to5Mac's rumor says it will have advanced maps capabilities.
     
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    It would be very easy to spot someone wearing the iWatch in public. Just look for the duct tape.
     
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    am i the only one who thinks wearable tech is just plain stupid?
    i wish apple would put more effort into iTunes....
    and apple TV
    and freakin' mass deletion of photos from the damn photo stream!!! :mad:
     
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    Does slightly rectangular mean trapezoid or what?
     

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