Developer app logs have revealed that Apple are already testing their next smartphone device, less than three months after the release of the iPhone 5. And, rather than being the incremental “iPhone 5S” upgrade that many analysts have predicted, there’s now evidence to suggest that the next smartphone from the Cupertino team will land as the iPhone 6, a fully-fledged reworking of the über-popular mobile range.
Eagle eyed developers have spotted references to a device named the “iPhone 6.1″ in app logs, a naming convention that mirrors the iPhone 5’s initial “iPhone 5.1″ and “iPhone 5.2″ identifiers prior to launch.
The same logs also reveal that iOS 7 is also undergoing testing, less surprising considering the mobile operating system’s clockwork, annual update cycle.
A jump straight to an iPhone 6 so soon after the launch of the iPhone 5 would be an unexpected step by Apple though, given how recent incarnations of the iPhone have each had an “S” variant follow up, such as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS. Many had expected an iPhone 5S, with a few new features such as NFC support, to land next.
But the validity of the rumours seems pretty water tight – one developer rooting around in the app logs uncovered an IP address proving the device is in use at Apple’s Cupertino campus.
As for what the iPhone 6 or iOS 7 will actually offer we’re yet to know. But it seems that the iPhone 6, not iPhone 5S, should be edging its way to the top of your mobile wish-lists this year now.
Via: The Next Web