9to5Mac has a rundown of the talent recruited for Apple’s iWatch team, the latest being fitness experts. They are also apparently examining wearable competitive products like Jawbone Up, a wristband and app that tracks how you sleep, move and eat.
It appears Apple is looking to consolidate functions in the iWatch that are now available only across a variety of devices and apps. Anyone who has tried to use Polar’s expensive, bulky and primitive training gadgets (and I count myself among them) will appreciate the need to miniaturize internal components, which is apparently a focus of the Apple team.
Last week Apple applied for a patent for fingerprint sensor identification it acquired via its purchase of AuthenTec, which many speculate will be used in the iWatch.
In May Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the future of wearable devices, and specifically about Google Glass.
“I wear glasses because I have to,” said Cook. “I don’t know a lot of people that wear them that don’t have to. They want them to be light and unobtrusive and reflect their fashion. … I think from a mainstream point of view [glasses as wearable computing devices] are difficult to see. I think the wrist is interesting. The wrist is natural.”
Apple was originally shooting for a late 2013 release of the iWatch, but 2014 is now looking more likely. Considering Google is already shipping Google Glass to users in its Explorer Program and Samsung’s Smart Watch will be on the market as early as September, Apple is ceding a lot of ground to the competition in the battle of the wearable devices with such a late entry.