Posted by: Brett
According to The Next Web, iOS developers are reportedly seeing references to iOS 7 and a new iPhone model in their usage logs. IP addresses connected to the new iPhone model come from Apple’s Cupertino campus, lending credence to the legitimacy of the references.
The app usage logs identify the new hardware as ‘iPhone6,1’, compared to the iPhone 5 which has two identifiers; ‘iPhone5,1’ and ‘iPhone5,2’. The jump from 5 to 6 in the identifier would suggest, based on past iPhone models, that major internal changes are in tow. A minor upgrade would retain the 5 rather than jump to an entirely new number.
9to5mac points out that every iPhone since the iPhone 3GS has been identified by a different number due to processor and major internal changes. The iPhone 2G and 3G were 1,1 and 1,2 respectively because only 3G support was added rather than a new processor. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 were both been launched at two slightly different time frames. The were also not launched in June like previous models thus making the next iPhone’s launch tough to predict. There have been mixed reports, with some suggesting Apple is looking to launch the next iPhone in the early part of this year around the spring or summer, while others say it will be launched around the same time as the iPhone 4S and 5.