As we usher in 2013, and look forward to Apple’s media events to be held in the coming weeks and months, The Next Web reports this week that references to the next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system – iOS 7 – have already begun to show up in a number of developer usage logs.
Citing developers who have “contacted [the site] to share references,” the guys at The Next Web claim that at least one of the developers showed logs which appeared to reveal a new iteration of the iPhone may be in development. The new device is said to carry the identifier “iPhone6,1,” which differs from the identifiers currently used by Apple’s iPhone 5 – (“iPhone5,1” and “iPhone 5,2”).
This, it says, is thought to be a device ‘powered by iOS 7.’
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.
What’s interesting about the discovery, is that, (according to TNW), at least some of the the entries in the log “originate[d] from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus,” perhaps providing the first bit of evidence that the “iPhone 6,” and software it will eventually run, are currently in development (or active testing) at the firm.