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Rumor: Apple Currently Testing iPhone 6, iOS 7

Submitted by on January 1, 2013 – 9:51 pmOne Comment
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I should stop thinking that Apple rumors will let up, or even get more likely. This week, The Next Web reported that app developers have noticed new usage data showing an iPhone 6 and iOS 7, originating from Apple headquarters:

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.

Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5, bears the identifiers ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ [...]

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…

Just last week, rumors leaked that Apple would release a new, “thinner and lightweight” iPad as soon as March. This seemed unlikely, considering that the last iPad and the iPad mini would barely be five months old at that point.

As Gizmodo points out, it’s not surprising that Apple is working on their next generation anything- but it is surprising for rumors to be surfacing so early, especially with the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, traditionally a showcase for new devices and software, still months away.

What do you think? Is the next iPhone really out there, somewhere, already? And when will we find it left in a bar?

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