Apple’s iWatch Has Got 99 Problems and the Screen Is One

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly coming up against some big obstacles in the production of the rumored device that will mark the company’s entrance into wearable tech. According to a report from The Information seen by AppleInsider, Apple has lost a top engineer who could have been working on the iWatch project to Nest Labs and is running into issues concerning the screen technology that will be used for the device.

Software engineer Bryan James was formerly the iPod director at Apple, but according to his LinkedIn page, now works as the vice president of new product engineering at Nest Labs. The Information’s sources said that James worked on several different wearable tech projects during his seven years at Apple, including a version of the iPod nano that could be worn as a wristwatch. James is also listed on a number of Apple patents that could be used for a wearable tech device, AppleInsider noted.

How important James actually was for the iWatch project is not known, and Apple has been hiring new employees to work on the iWatch for almost a year. Silicon Valley has been scouring the tech world for experts to work on wearable devices, which are seen as the next big technology trend in the wake of a shift to mobile.

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