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Apple job posting suggests big fitness push for Apple iWatch

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Apple job posting suggests big fitness push for Apple iWatch
Just the other day, we told you that Apple had hired a sleep expert. Most likely, this hiring is related to some sort of sleep feature for the Apple iWatch. Now, a new job posting from Apple shows that the tech titan is looking for a "User Studies Exercise Physiologist" to join the Cupertino crew. The job description calls for a person with a "Good understanding of physiological monitoring equipment, measurement techniques and interpretation of results." Those seeking the job must help with the "design of products and their testing/validation through user studies."

An exercise physiologist, according to the Explore Health Careers website, "oversees the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of health and fitness; rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and disabilities; and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in sports training."

Besides offering exercise related features for the Apple iWatch, iOS 8 is expected to include an app called "Healthbook," to monitor things like the number of steps a user takes a day, or the amount of calories burned. There is also speculation that the app will have the capability to monitor the heart rate, blood pressure and even the glucose level of users. The iWatch might be the tool used by Apple to monitor users and capture the data.

Apple has since taken down the posting, which is usually a good sign that speculation about it has hit too close to home. Or perhaps Apple has filled the position.


source: 9to5Mac via TechRadar

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posted on 06 Feb 2014, 12:57 2

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7244; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Looks like Apple is trying to take on Samsung and Sony with the move to fitness.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:12

4. Finalflash (Posts: 1404; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Crap, there go any hopes of a "smartwatch". If it is primarily a fitness watch then eventually smartphones will take over that functionality too with the integration of the same sensors. They need to make it do something only a watch can do, and at the moment I have no idea what that is and was hoping they would....doesn't look like it though.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:45

9. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


they all need to make it an Arm Band already

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:03 4

2. karim77 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Why would i even care to buy a watch which i will have to charge everyday when my phone has everything and i charged it already everyday,seems kinda stupid the whole smartwatch idea (exept pebble which is practical and uses a very low power consuming screen)

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:08 2

3. Sauce (unregistered)


No one cares why or what you would buy when you speak like that.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:17 1

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7244; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I just lol'd.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:30 2

6. karim77 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


I am saying this because everyone is following the current of producing smartwatches(even apple),and they are not making it even perfect(with a very high battery consuming screen),so what will differ this from any smartphone?!!!!!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:42 1

7. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


its true. its gotta lastt at least a week minimum. otherwise defeats the purpose of a watch. better to make it an arm band, or a pendant of some sort.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 15:10 1

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1390; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You just might be the reason why PA must be distributing chill pills around 'cause you're getting all worked up over something you probably not even going to end up buying.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:44

8. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


......um sauce.... Simmer Down?!? :D (lmao, im sorry, toooo easy!!)

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 14:04

10. Sauce (unregistered)


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 20:24

13. nctx77 (Posts: 435; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


That last sentence just killed everything you had to say. How do you know the iwatch won't be just as practice and use low energy? You're dissing smart watches and then give praise to one in the same sentence.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 18:06

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I can't wait to finally see this thing.

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