iWatch Update: Team Now 200-Strong, Plus No FDA Involvement


Will we ever get to hold (or wear) the iWatch? Maybe not as quickly as we want, but recent talk points to the iWatch team expanding to 200 people – even more. That can only mean that Apple is getting serious about finally making the much awaited smartwatch a reality, yeah?



Mobihealthnews mentions sources “who have limited but direct knowledge of Apple’s plans for the iWatch and Healthbook”. As to the reliability of these sources…

Here’s the rundown of the information revealed:

  • There are more than 200 people working on this project.
  • iWatch is a peripheral device, not a primary one.
  • Technological capabilities will be simpler than rumors have indicated.
  • Meeting the FDA was about remaining unregulated. Apple is likely not planning to have the iWatch or the rumored Healthbook app to be cleared by the FDA.
  • The Healthbook concept is right on but may not be the real name.
  • Skeptical of claims about hydration tracking.
  • Apple’s focus is not on the technology, but on the experience of it.
  • Healthbook to focus on exercise, diet, sleep, stress, medication adherence — maybe women’s health.

The good: Apple is getting down to work.

The bad: expectations may be much higher than what is going to be delivered.

I’m sure the armchair critics analysts will have something to say about this.

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.


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