Apple’s rumoured iWatch is increasingly looking like it will be a 24/7 wearable after it was reported that the company had hired a sleep tracking specialist.
The iWatch’s launch date is expected to be sometime in 2014.
Raymann is the latest non-core focus expert to join the company. Apple has previously hired experts from the fashion and sports industry.
According to the website, Raymann’s research has focused on researching and developing wearable and miniaturised sensors.
Apple has refused to comment on Raymann’s reported hiring. However, his background in sleep and wearables research suggests that he will almost certainly be working on Apple’s much rumoured iWatch.
Focus on health
Recent reports have suggested that the iWatch will have a strong focus on health.
iOS 8 is said to include a health and fitness app called Healthbook.
Healthbook is said to be a pre-installed app that will be able to track things like the number of steps taken by a user, calories burned, weight gained or lost, blood pressure, hydration, and glucose level.
The report notes that Healthbook will work with the upcoming iWatch.
Other reports have claimed that Apple has been testing alternative methods of charging as a way of combating the short battery life typically seen in many smartwatches on the market.
The charging methods mooted are wireless charging, kinetic and solar.