Based on the hirings by Apple over the past few months, we have learnt that the Cupertino company is busy trying to recruit as many wearable and biometric experts as possible, which many have speculated could be to do with the company’s rumored iWatch. For example we’ve heard how Apple had recently poached a Swiss watch exec to help with the iWatch’s launch, but apparently it does not stop there.
According to a recent report from 9to5Mac, it seems that Apple has recently added two more members to their wearables team, and what makes these recent hirings even more notable is that these two engineers used to work at Nike as part of the FuelBand team. The recent hires are Ryan Bailey, who is now listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple, and Jon Gale who is now listed as a Sensing Systems Engineer at Apple.
While it is not a guarantee that either Bailey or Gale have been hired specifically for Apple’s iWatch, but given their background and experience working on the FuelBand, it would not be a stretch of the imagination to think that Apple wouldn’t want to use their knowledge and experience and apply it to the iWatch.
However it has been noted that there are many positions offered under the title of Mechanical Design Engineer and Sensing Systems Engineer, so for all we know, the alternate possibility is that they were hired to work on something completely different. In any case word on the street has it that the iWatch could launch this October, so we guess we only have a few more months to see if any of the rumors have panned out.
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