According to reports from The Next Web and The Verge, developers have begun to report seeing signs of the next iPhone in their app usage logs. These logs, which detail which devices are installing their apps, include in at least once instance mention of a new iPhone running the next big update to Apple’s mobile operating system: iOS 7.
The new iPhone has an identifier “iPhone6,1″, suggesting that it is likely to be an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 – by contrast, the current flagship iPhone has an identifier of “iPhone5,1″ or “iPhone5,2″ depending on its cellular region, specifically which LTE / 4G bands it operates on.
While the OS and device data can be faked on a jailbroken device, we do have one good indicator that this is the real deal: The IP associated with the new iPhone’s appearance in the logs corroborates with one used by Apple at their Cupertino campus in California.
In the case of the iPad 4 and iPhone 5, these telltale indications of a new phone appeared only a month or two before the device launched. In this instance, it may be slightly longer – the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 is not expected to be released before March at the earliest, and may be as late as June.
A new iPhone has been rumoured for some time now, with analysts reporting late last year that it would be named the iPhone 5S and include improvements to the camera, as well as be available in colours other than black and white for the first name.
While we don’t have any new information about the phone and its capabilities, for Apple fans it’s doubtlessly good to know there’s another one coming up soon – unless you’ve got an iPhone 5 for Christmas, in which case you might be dismayed that your shiny new device will shortly be out of date!
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