Recently, Apple has been on a hiring spree, allegedly adding to its 100+ team of members of the iWatch team a sleep expert, a former expert in pulse oximetry and many others. Now, according to a recent job listing on Apple’s own website, it seems that Cupertino is looking for physiologists for fitness and energy tests. In my opinion, this can only mean that the iWatch is nearing its final stage and that experts are required to assess how it fares.
This also shows that Apple is getting closer to releasing a fitness-oriented app, which could allegedly be called “Healthbook“. Here’s what qualities Apple is looking for the applicants to have:
• Good understanding of physiological monitoring equipment, measurement techniques and interpretation of results
• Experience with indirect calorimetry to measure energy expenditure for a range of activities and environments
• Ability to design tests isolating the impact of various factors (activities, environments, individual subject differences, etc.) on the physiological effects being measured
• Experience with exercise testing – how to conduct, interpreting results, determining when to halt testing, etc.”
If this doesn’t spill any beans, then the fact that Apple also need the person to have “relevant knowledge to the design of products and their testing/validation through user studies” should tell us something. Now, a few hours after the listing has gone public, Apple, obviously, went ahead and pulled it down. This makes me wonder if they didn’t do it on purpose. After, let’s be serious, they know that the entire media is after any potential hint related to the iWatch and this is what they wanted – to keep the rumor mill spinning and spinning.