July 22, 2014
In May, the NBA’s Kobe Bryant spent a day at Apple’s Cupertino, California campus meeting with Jony Ive, the company’s senior vice president of design. At the time, rumors suggested that Bryant’s visit had something to do with Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch" and with the new Healthbook app in iOS 8. On Tuesday, Bryant finally confirmed the Apple visit in an interview with Bloomberg. The L.A. Laker says that he and Ive discussed the product creation process. Bryant, 35, is expected to develop his own products as his basketball career reaches its end. The two also discussed Bryant's work ethic and how it compared to the process of developing gadgets. Both require taking many steps to reach a goal, according to the basketball superstar. In June, 9to5Mac reported that Apple had enlisted Bryant, and other professional athletes to test the iWatch:
Apple is said to be working with Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown, and a few other star athletes, including a player from the Boston Red Sox, on the testing project. The athletes are said to have signed non-disclosure-agreements regarding the existence of the upcoming Apple wearable device.Alas, Bryant didn't discuss the iWatch during his interview. Take a look: The iWatch is expected to launch before the end of the year. See also: Report says 3 Apple 'iWatches' are coming, along with an 'iPad Pro,' Apple 'iWatch' sales could top 60 million units during the first year, and Apple's long-rumored 'iWatch' to go into mass production in November, analyst says.