Kobe Bryant on Apple campus

LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has been photographed today along with his wife Vanessa on Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. The two were reportedly meeting Apple’s design guru Jony Ive to talk upcoming new products. An image a tipster sent in clearly shows Bryant and Vanessa waiting for food.

Apple’s familiar corporate campus can be see in the background and image metadata confirms that the photo has indeed been taken with an iPhone on Apple’s campus…

As reported by Seth Weintraub who runs 9to5 blogs, word on the street is that the alleged meeting between Bryant and Ive “centered around upcoming products”.

The author did not explain how Bryant’s basketball talent could help Apple develop new products. It’s entirely possible that Apple is taking a page from Samsung’s marketing book and looking to cut an endorsement deal with celebrity athletes such as Bryant.

And which Apple products could Bryant possibly endorse?

A rumored iWatch is a viable possibility here.

Bryant in March 2013 signed an endorsement deal with Hublot, a watch brand based in Switzerland and part of the LVMH luxury group.

It’s interesting that Hublot recently accused Apple of poaching its talent. Bryant also has an endorsement deal with Lenovo and Nike, the latter being his biggest endorsement deal. Another connection: Apple CEO Tim Cook sits on Nike’s board of director.

More food for thought: Nike recently announced plans to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts and is said to be partnering with Apple on a fitness band that would control other devices via gestures.

In addition to Bryant, Apple is suspected of another puzzling celebrity deal that would see the firm buy Beats Electronics, LCC and install Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine as its executives.

Draw your own conclusions…

Maybe Kobe will go out on stage with Apple executives later this year to help promote iWatch?

  • pauleebe

    iWatch Feedback…

    • JimGresham

      I agree. It makes perfect sense to get feedback from an active athlete… but why does it have to be Kobe? Any active athlete will do…. I really hope Apple doesn’t feel so desperate they need celebrity endorsements.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Kobe is the most popular nba athlete. Speaks spanish and italian fluently so He’s pretty popular in Europe and in Asia they idolize him especially in China. Thats huge fanbase. Marketing-wise thats an advantage. If u look at allstar he was voted to be on the starting lineup even though he was injured. Kobe is like apple huge fanbase but overrated 😛 just kidding

  • NaSty

    Maybe its something to do with the Health app

  • Blaqheart

    I’m sure this is a counter to the LeBron exclusive Galaxy app…

  • Erny Carrillo

    Whatever it is, as a KB24 fan, im glad Kobe is in the talks. #lakernation

  • Ricky D


    • Thanh


    • Eric M

      That’s probably the only way you will get any !!

  • jack

    yo dawg why dont’cha make a iwatch kobe edition bro……