According to a new report from 9to5mac, Apple has been recruiting top athletes from the MLB, NHL, and NBA to test the rumored iWatch wearable device at their Cupertino-based campus over the past several weeks.
The list include Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown, and a few other star athletes, including a player from the Boston Red Sox, on the testing project, the report said. A previous report by 9to5mac showed a photo of Bryant at Apple’s campus last month meeting with Apple design chief Jony Ive.
“The testing of the Apple wearable device in fitness environments further indicates that the device will have significant fitness components,” Mark Gurman writes for 9to5mac. “Combined with HealthKit in iOS 8, the Apple hardware will likely be capable of tracking steps taken, calories burned, and heart rate. Additionally, Apple has been working on advanced sensors to read a person’s hydration levels, blood pressure, and sweat, and those three components of the body could assist professional athletes during their training exercises.”
Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the device is expected to include 10 sensors,including ones to track health and fitness.