Upadate (29-May-2013): Tim Cook speaking at the D11 conference confirmed that iOS 7 will be released at the WWDC 2013. Read more about it and other Apple line-ups here.
Update (03-Apr-2013): Some people in the loop of things think that the iOS 7 might be behind schedule. Read more about it here.
Update (15-Feb-2013): Analysts think that Apple is definitely re-building iOS 7. It’s an easy bet. Check out why we think iOS 7 should be overhauled completely.
Apparently, traffic reports are pointing to a device tagged iPhone 6,1 (yeah, this is after the iPhone 5) and coming from a mobile operating system that calls itself iOS 7. Interestingly, the final piece of the puzzle confirms something very important: Apple is working on iOS 7, and testing it from the next iPhone device.
The tracked IP address points to Apple’s Cupertino office. Well, that kind of seals it right?
iOS 7 has been in the news for quite a long time now. When Apple released iOS 6, discussions about iOS 7 began right away. New features were added to the to-do after having seen the capabilities of iOS 6. Although Apple has only now seeded iOS 6.1 to developers, the work on iOS 7 appears to be going in earnest.
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But what’s even more important is that the dev logs show a new device on the block. The identifier is “iPhone 6,1.” Readers should note that the iPhone 5 is identified with “iPhone 5,1″ and “iPhone 5,2″ which means Apple has probably got the first prototype of the next iPhone readied.
The iPhone 6 (or if it is an incremental update, the iPhone 5X with ‘x’ being anyone’s guess) is expected to be out by mid-2013. Several analysts have pointed to a June release judging by Apple’s sudden half-year upgrade of its iPad. However, there are a few skeptics too who think the iPhone 6/5S would be out only by October next year, in the usual yearly product launch cycle of iPhones.
All this talk about iPhone 6 release dates notwithstanding, if Apple has already begun wide-scale testing of the device prototype, a June release seems quite plausible. We’ll be looking forward to it.
As to iOS 7, it could be announced in March along with a product upgrade for iPad or iPad Mini.