The Financial Times (via MacRumors) is reporting that Apple is currently on a hiring spree to get more manpower on the iWatch project.
The company has begun hiring “aggressively” for the project in recent weeks, say people familiar with Apple’s plans for the wearable device, a move that shows it has stepped up development but which raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology.
As Apple moves from iPods, iPhones and iPads into an entirely new category of product, it is looking beyond its existing staff in Cupertino for the talent required to build it – an indication that the endeavour involves “hard engineering problems that they’ve not been able to solve”, according to one source.
“The company needs additional expertise to tackle the project’s challenges,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumor. “Sources also indicate that the “iWatch” may not appear until late next year, as has been previously rumored.”
In addition to manpower, Apple has been looking at acquiring smaller firms with expertise that would be valuable to its smart watch effort, and has also been working hard to retain key employees related to the project, according to the report.
The report also speculates that the device will launch in late 2014.