Apple testing iPhone 6 and iOS 7, reports say

By on Jan 3, 2013 in Smartphone, Software, Technology Comments

Updated: January 9, 2013 6:50 p.m.

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Apple is now testing the iPhone 6 (or so-called iPhone 5S) and its iOS 7, the company’s upcoming operating software, and that app developers have seen references in their usage logs. Well, this is according to a report by The Next Web (TNW) on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, which is a good way to start the year.

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iPhone 5, showing features of iOS 6
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“One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1‘ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year.” A statement reads at TheNextWeb.com that day, noting that developers have contacted them.

“From the developer logs that we have seen, the app requests originate from an IP address on Apple‘s Cupertino campus, suggesting that members of Apple‘s software development and app teams are compatibility testing some of the more popular or well-known applications already on the App Store.” TNW added.

As noted in the report, there were no specific details on the iPhone 6 hardware or software features shared in the developer logs, but sources have indicated that Apple engineers started to work on the iOS 7 towards the end of 2012 and will soon finalize its features, which will be included during its launch.

It can be remembered that Apple unveiled the iOS 6 during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June 2012, while the iOS 5 was unveiled on the same annual event in 2011. Apple released the iOS 5 on October 12, 2011, while iOS 6 was released on September 19, 2012.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 was unveiled last September 12, and Apple later announced that the iPhone 5 preorder sales have reached to 2 million in the first 24 hours. Back in November, a rumor surfaced saying that Apple will be having an actual production of the iPhone 5S in the first quarter of 2013.

Apparently, a post by Boy Genius Report (BGR) also this Wednesday says that Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, was quoted saying that “our checks indicate that the next iPhone will have more choices for customers,” and that “the next iPhone that we currently believe will be launched in May/June.”



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