Kobe Bryant and other athletes being tapped to test Apple's upcoming iWatch

As we get closer to October, rumors about the iWatch are coming in at feverish pace. While we don't have many details, we do know that it will most likely launch in October, have touch capability, and possibly have a 2.5" display. While all of these things must be taken with a grain of salt, sources are pointing to famous athletes who are currently in the process of testing out the iWatch during rigorous training exercise routines. 

According to 9to5Mac, Apple has tapped professional athletes in the United States to test out the upcoming watch. The source states that Apple has invited multiple sports stars from all genres to Cupertino, where Apple's headquarters is located, to provide them with information on the watch and also provide an opportunity to test out the device.

Kobe Braynt is said to be one of those athletes that will begin testing the iWatch. This coincides with an earlier report that Bryant had been seen on the Cupertino campus last month. If Apple is courting all of these major athletes to test its latest device, it solidifies that Apple is indeed working on a fitness-focused wearable. Apple unveiled HealthKit earlier this month as part of iOS 8, which is slated to release in the later part of the year. HealthKit acts as a central hub, weaving all of the users health-based applications and stats into one location. 

While the iWatch has yet to leak, we can be certain that when it releases, it won't be a compromised product. While its competitors have been releasing their wearables and beating Apple to the punch, most have been lackluster or missing features, resulting in a subpar experience. 

Although an official release date has not been announced, Apple is expected to release the iWatch in October along with a new iPhone 6 and iOS 8. 

Source: 9to5MacImage via Nike

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If this is indeed true, specifically Kobe, I'm not sure what will happen with his Lenovo (phone) deal or has his contract expired already?

Hethler said,
If this is indeed true, specifically Kobe, I'm not sure what will happen with his Lenovo (phone) deal or has his contract expired already?
Testing it isn't the same as being a spokesperson for the product, just because he's stress testing it, doesn't mean that at any point will he be part of an ad campaign or anything..

I mean he probably will, but just saying, I doubt he's violated any issues with his contracts, assuming they are still valid.

Yawn. Pardon me but I don't care about smartwatches. I don't wear a watch and certainly won't be changing that to wear a smartwatch. Especially an Apple smartwatch.

Otto Gunter said,
Yawn. Pardon me but I don't care about smartwatches. I don't wear a watch and certainly won't be changing that to wear a smartwatch. Especially an Apple smartwatch.

a person who don't wear a watch said he will not wear a smart watch!!!
story developing...

Otto Gunter said,
Yawn. Pardon me but I don't care about smartwatches. I don't wear a watch and certainly won't be changing that to wear a smartwatch. Especially an Apple smartwatch.
If you don't care, why click on the article? Much less comment on your lack of caring?

panacea said,

a person who don't wear a watch said he will not wear a smart watch!!!
story developing...

Actually, it is quite relevant, and could impact sales more than you think. It's equally true that people who don't wear glasses will be less likely to purchase Google Glasses too. This article is about the huge marketing and proof of concept effort by vendors to impact what will be a very crowded market soon. You bet your ass Apple wants to figure out how to sell iWatches to people who don't wear watches..

Ryoken said,
If you don't care, why click on the article? Much less comment on your lack of caring?
Let me explain... It's an opinion, like every other comment in Neowin, including yours.

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When the article said they were being tapped, I thought that their phones were going to be monitored.

You know, there is a lot of hate going on for apple, and I am guilty too. I think their latest hardware offering are not great. I think they suck!


However, I am all open to Apple finally getting back in the game and making something that is extra-ordinary!

Samsung Gear watches are terrible. If apple can make a good one, and release a new iPhone that is amazing, I will drop all the hate and switch back to Apple.

For now, I think Android phones are waaaay ahead.

Can't wait to see what else Apple will release (since they promised an amazing year this year...)

panacea said,
You know, there is a lot of hate going on for apple, and I am guilty too. I think their latest hardware offering are not great. I think they suck! [...] Android phones are waaaay ahead.

ok...I guess that is sort of...kind of...tangentially...related to this iWatch rumor... :/

CJEric said,

ok...I guess that is sort of...kind of...tangentially...related to this iWatch rumor... :/

well, it is explained in the rest on my post, that you did not quote.

about time, apple releases something that is truly revolutionary IMO. i hope that the watch and new iphone will be that.

Aheer.R.S. said,
I may be old fashioned, but I still don't see the point in these watches, outside of a fad or gimmick.

Your not alone.

The only time I'll care about wearable tech is a forearm wrap around smart phone device with a holographic display for certain functions and battery life far beyond current day. Since that is way off, I'll stick with a smartphone.

A watch that acts as fitness device is fair enough but beyond that, I don't see them being of any use. Feels like buy two things instead of buying one thing for all your needs and marketing does the rest.

Aheer.R.S. said,
I may be old fashioned, but I still don't see the point in these watches, outside of a fad or gimmick.
I like them myself, but I fully agree, for MOST people that's all they are.

But that said, a lot of electronics are little more than gimmicks.. Initially that's what a Tablet was for most people.. Along with MP3 players, and many other things that have since become mainstream.

I for one wouldn't mind a watch that monitors my days activities, quick access to who's calling/what's playing, etc.. Pulling out my phone isn't always convenient when you're doing a job, so knowing if it's worth answering would be nice.

Aheer.R.S. said,
I may be old fashioned, but I still don't see the point in these watches, outside of a fad or gimmick.

So, just like regular wrist watches, no? ;)

These "wearables" we have and are getting right about now may seem rather useless but they'll eventually lead to more usefulness. They gotta start somewhere.

GEIST said,

So, just like regular wrist watches, no? ;)

These "wearables" we have and are getting right about now may seem rather useless but they'll eventually lead to more usefulness. They gotta start somewhere.


The only attractive smart watch that catch my attention is the Moto360. Looks like a regular wrist watch and does not look silly like all other watches.

Aheer.R.S. said,
I may be old fashioned, but I still don't see the point in these watches, outside of a fad or gimmick.

Exactly what they are, a fad and a gimmick. Then they use some old, washed up spoiled rotten whiner like Kobe to advertise! I despise that type advertising!