Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has faced many challenges to unveil a completed iWatch, but most of the issues have been resolved. A report from the Information notes many interesting developments including the attrition of the ex-Apple iPod software director and current Nest employee Bryan James, who was working on the project.
Role of Bryan James
Bryan James was the director for Apple’s iPod software team for seven years prior to becoming vice president of new product engineering at Nest Labs. Though it has not been made clear the exact role of James in the development of the iWatch, according to sources the software engineer handled more than one wearable program along with an Apple made wearable product, which allowed iPod Nano users to wear the device as a wristwatch.
James is also behind a number of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patents, which are mostly related to interface design and back-end technology. The report also describes the property related to a watch-like device in the name of Nest co-founder Matt Rogers.
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Both the names appear only once in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office’s database. The patent bears the number 8,380,507 and includes voice-activated features in a portable device that can be embedded into an iWatch, but there is no mention of “watches or “wearable” devices, according to AppleInsider.
Byran James may not be a highly important figure in the dedicated team of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for iWatch, but he appears to be worth more than expected after considering his background. In February 2013, the company announced that a group of 100 people are working on the project, but has been aggressively hiring additional workforce in the coming months.
Apple hiring medical professionals
It is reported that some of the workforce hired comes from the medical background, which indicates that the much awaited wearable device might include a bio sensor and other quantified self technology.
The report also notes that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is struggling to keep pace with production of the devices due to screen technology glitches. Some of the sources, who are familiar with the project, said that Apple opted to fit another screen last year due to battery issues with the older designs.
As of now the market watchers, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans and investors are awaiting the launch of a new device, which have been pioneered by Nike, Jawbone and Fitbit.