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Apple looking to hire experts to help create fitness products

A new job ad that has since been removed hinted that Apple is prepping a health and fitness product. Could it be the iWatch?

A mock-up of what an iWatch might look like.
A mock-up of what an iWatch might look like.
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Apple seems to be gearing up for a fitness product, at least based on details from a new job posting.

Listed Thursday on Apple's job site but since taken down, the ad was seeking a "User Studies Exercise Physiologist" to put in 40 hours a week at Apple headquarters in Santa Clara Valley. As quoted below from the ad, Apple is looking for people who not only are knowledgeable about cardiovascular fitness but can put that knowledge toward the design of products.

Design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure, including calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking and other key physiological measurements.

Candidate will be knowledgeable about the physiological effects being measured and how to avoid potential inaccuracy and experimental error due DOE flaws and/or reference monitor (i.e. metabolic cart, etc.) usage issues.

The role will need to apply relevant knowledge to the design of products and their testing/validation through user studies.

What type of product could Apple be cooking up? A few candidates come to mind, but a smartwatch is certainly near the top of the list. The much-rumored iWatch would be a logical choice to record and track your health and fitness, especially as you walk, jog, or exercise.

The job listing comes on top of a recent report from 9to5Mac that Apple has hired a self-proclaimed "expert on sleep research" with experience in wearable sensors.

The full ad

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

(Via 9to5Mac)