Updated from 10:03 a.m. EDT with further analysis in the 12th paragraph.
The Financial Times reported that Apple has been "aggressively" hiring for the smart watch in the past few weeks; the newspaper cited people close to the situation.
Apple couldn't be immediately reached for comment.Not only is Apple looking at hiring outside talent for the project, the FT also reported that Apple may look at acquiring other smaller companies that would help with the production of the iWatch. Last month, Apple hired former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve to work on special projects, and report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Many industry watchers took this as a sign it could be iWatch-related, since Deneve has experience in selling high-end accessories and clothing. It's long been speculated that Apple would announce a wrist device to boost sales outside of the iPad and iPhone. Moving into other wearable technology is something new for Apple, which may be part of the reason Deneve was brought in and why the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant is looking at smaller acquisitions to help with the product.
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