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Kobe Bryant Confirms He Met With Apple’s Jony Ive

by Jacob Kleinman | July 22, 2014July 22, 2014 8:00 pm PST

Earlier this year someone who looked a lot like NBA all-star Kobe Bryant made an appearance at Apple’s Cupertino campus, sparking rumors he might be collaborating on the long-rumored iWatch. Now Bryant has confirmed he met with Apple’s design chief Jony Ive earlier this year, though he doesn’t mention the iWatch either way.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Bryant says his meeting with Ive was part of a series of one-on-one discussions he’s had with industry leaders ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Arianna Huffington. He also adds that much of his trip to Cupertino was spent answering Ive’s questions, though he did ask the Apple exec for a bit of insight into his design process.

Even if Bryant did get a chance to see the iWatch, he obviously wouldn’t be allowed to say anything about it to the press. But Apple has reportedly brought in a number of professional athletes to test out the upcoming device, and we’re guessing Bryant may have been one of them. We’re expecting the iWatch to offer a ton of fitness tracking features while also serving up notifications and other services.

Apple still hasn’t confirmed that an iWatch is on the way, but the company’s also dropped a few big hints suggesting it’s definitely working on some sort of wearable device. The rumored smartwatch is expected to launch sometime this fall, with recent reports pointing to an October release.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...