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Pro athletes have recently been spotted at Apple's Cupertino campus

Apple is planning to test the fitness aspect of its upcoming smartwatch on professional athletes like Kobe Bryant, according to a new report from 9 to 5 Mac
 
Apple has reportedly met with athletes from the MLB, NHL, and NBA on several occasions, including Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown. 
 
The Cupertino company's aim is to test its smartwatch -- nicknamed the "iWatch" for now -- in more intense training environments. The iWatch is said to have 10 sensors total, measuring blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, steps taken, calories burned and more. 
 
The iWatch, which is expected to be announced in October of this year, will reportedly be closely aligned with HealthKit in iOS 8.


iWatch concept [Source: 9 to 5 Mac]

Other iWatch rumors include a screen size between 1.5-inches and 2.5-inches, a smartwatch version of iOS, and heavy dependence on the iPhone (they are even said to share an internet connection). 
 
A Reuters report from last week indicated that the production iWatch release would yield different versions with varied screen sizes and designs. 
 
Apple has high hopes for its first wearable, as analysts expect it to ship 50 million units of the iWatch within the first year of the product's release. 

Source: 9 to 5 Mac





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