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The iWatch has been rumored for some time now, but it appears it may have been confirmed by Apple employees singing the praises of CEO Tim Cook.

The New York Times ran a profile of Tim Cook this weekend that is an interesting read about how things have changed at Apple since he replaced company co-founder Steve Jobs nearly three years ago. The juiciest piece of information, however, comes late in the profile when Apple employees are praising Cook’s “approachability and intellect.” The employees, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that the CEO has been less involved in the finer details of the development of the iWatch, and instead opted to delegate those types of duties to the members of the executive cabinet such as Jony Ive.

Apple of course declined to comment on the iWatch project when approached by the Times.

While it is still not an official announcement by any means, it is definitely feeling as though the questions surrounding the iWatch are turning from “will it happen” to more of “when.” With the recent introduction of the Health app for iOS 8, it seems like the pieces are being put in place for Apple to have a heavy focus on its customers health, and the iWatch would make a lot of sense in how it could collect that data. While Apple has said it will open up Health to third-parties via HealthKit, it’s still more likely iPhone owners would turn to another Apple product to do the work as they already own a piece of that ecosystem.

Rumors have been circulating for some time now that an iWatch event will take place in October of this year, so we don’t have too much longer to wait to see just how real the device is.

Enjoy some of the various iWatch concepts that designers have come up with below. Who knows if any of these are even close, but they sure are fun to think about.