January 2, 2013
Developers Spot Evidence Of New iPhone, iOS 7
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
“Out with the old and in with the new:” It´s a phrase which is often heard at the first of the year, signaling all manner of changes and new leaves turned over.
Almost as if it were scheduled this way, some news sites reported on January 1, 2013, that developers had begun to notice some traces of iOS 7 and a new iPhone in their logs. While Apple releasing a new phone with a new OS is hardly any surprise, it is early-ish for such evidence to begin showing up.
As reported by The Next Web on Tuesday, some unnamed developers have noticed devices tagged with the iPhone6,1 identifier. These devices have also been running the new iOS 7.
These identifiers have been used before to spot early prototype devices as well as discover the exact device in question. Such an identifier can be useful when determining the difference between, say, a 3rd and a 4th generation iPad. The iPhone 5, for instance, carries the “iPhone5,1” or “iPhone5,2” identifier, depending on which 4G or LTE band the phone operates on.
These unnamed developers have told The Next Web that they´ve seen devices with the identifier “iPhone6,1” appear in their logs, meaning these devices have reported to these developer´s servers for data.
These developers have also noted that these devices were running a new operating system, and the IP Address associated with these devices leads back to Apple´s Cupertino campus.
Looking to validate the news, sites Macrumors.com and 9to5mac.com have also taken a look at their own web analytics and have found devices running iOS 7 have been visiting the site. MacRumors, for instance, says calls from iOS 7 devices began in early December.
Web site 9to5Mac has also said they´ve seen some visits from iOS 7 devices, but also noted they´ve seen visits from iOS 7.0.1 devices.
“We´ve spotted some “7.0.1” hits and it seems unlikely that Apple would be testing a minor update to 7.0 already,” writes Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac, saying that these visits could also be faked.
Developers often see new and unreleased hardware and software pop up in their logs before any official announcement is made.
Developers began to notice evidence of iOS 6 (Apple´s current mobile operating system) in their logs in May 2012, just one month before Apple officially unveiled the new OS at WWDC. News of such iOS 7 and iPhone 6,1 traces only fuels the recent rumors that Apple may release their next iPhone earlier than expected.
In November, news sources such as Digitimes and Nowhereelse.fr began to claim that Apple was already hard at work on their next smartphone, the iPhone 5S, and could possibly have it ready to be released in the first half of 2013. Like clockwork, an analyst also began to back up these claims, saying the next iPhone will ship in the summer with many improvements over its current design.
Though it may be a bit early to start the iPhone rumor season, it would appear as if we´ve already entered into it.
It´s time to enjoy the ride.