Christmas 2013 gift giving plans shot to heck. Whereas pretty much everyone, even the haters, have been hoping fervently that the iWatch would ship this year in time for the holiday. Scratch that because Apple has been “aggressively” hiring people to work on their iOS-powered smart watch.
Naturally, unless Apple’s throwing up an absurdly elaborate smokescreen, hiring would seem to be indicative the iWatch isn’t finished and won’t arrive in 2013.
And, here’s the nut of the story uncovered by Financial Times (no link, paywall) as relayed by the good people at MacRumors:
[Apple] has begun hiring “aggressively” for the project in recent weeks, say people familiar with Apple’s plans for the wearable device, a move that shows it has stepped up development but which raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology.
As Apple moves from iPods, iPhones and iPads into an entirely new category of product, it is looking beyond its existing staff in Cupertino for the talent required to build it – an indication that the endeavour involves “hard engineering problems that they’ve not been able to solve,” according to one source.
That said, it has been previously rumored that Apple had dedicated 100 engineers to the iWatch project. Although Financial Times thinks it a bad omen that Apple’s hiring, another take is that perhaps the iWatch itself has grown from a product, an adjunct to current offerings, to something much more complete — an ecosystem within the iOS universe.
Of course, that’s complete speculation, but no less speculative than Financial Times assumption that hiring means there is trouble iWatch paradise.
Disappointed that the iWatch (probably) won’t ship this year?