Is Apple testing iPhone 6 smartphone already in 2013? It appears so according to the latest online reports which indicate the company is not only testing the next installment of its popular iPhone series, but also the new iOS7 operating system as well.
A report from TheNextWeb.com on Jan. 1 indicates that app developers have seen "traces" of the new iPhone and iOS software in app usage logs. To better understand this, Apple's current iPhone 5 shows up as "iPhone 5.1" or "iPhone 5.2" in developer logs. Recently, developers have noticed a new identifier, "iPhone 6.1," showing up in the logs though. The iPhone6.1 is reportedly being powered by a device running iOS 7, and some of the current apps are being tested for compatibility with the next version of the smartphone.
For those believing this is merely gossip and rumors, The Next Web notes:
"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 already on the App Store.
Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts."
As for an iOS 7 or iPhone 6 release date? There's no official info yet, but some app developers are saying they're expected to be released in the middle part of this year. Don't worry, the iPhone 5 is still the newest available smartphone from Apple, for now.