Apple has hired two former FuelBand members, reportedly for the company’s oft-rumored iWatch. With the hardware division of Nike’s FuelBand initiative now shuttered, Apple has gone on a hiring spree in an attempt to bolster its impending health revolution. With Apple’s new Health platform coming in iOS 8, it’s no surprise to see the company so eager to enlist the right talent. It has to if it wants to go up against companies like Google and Samsung.
Via 9to5Mac, Apple hired both Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale in June; Bailey previously served as Senior Test and Validation Engineer at Nike, while Gale was a Senior Firmware Engineer. Bailer is now listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple; Gale, meanwhile, is listed as a Sensing Systems Engineer.
It’s not entirely clear how the two will use their prior experience with Nike to help Apple, but one could make a pretty educated guess. Bailey’s LinkedIn profile might provide some insight: he lists is specialties in wearable device and consumer electronic product development, along with a focus on providing engineering recommendations. Gale’s profile, meanwhile, lists skills in hardware and firmware architecture development.
Apple has hired several prominent experts in health and fitness, though it’s still unclear if the company will indeed offer its own health-focused device. With the company’s new Health platform, it appeared Apple would take a backseat and allow third-party manufacturers to create their own devices that could then tap into the service. However, recent reports suggest Apple is definitely going to introduce an iWatch this fall—maybe as early as October.
A recent report from The Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple’s mysterious wearable would include ten different sensors capable of tracking a user’s vitals. That device, of course, would integrate with Apple’s Health app, which is set to be available this fall when iOS 8 launches. With such respected talent onboard, it seems more apparent than ever that Apple is gearing up to launch a major wearable in just a few months.