Apple Reportedly Moving Ahead with iOS 7

January 2, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

An iOS developer happened to see a device named ‘iPhone 6.1’ running iOS 7 making requests from an IP address within Apple’s Cupertino campus. So yes, the next iPhone is not far away.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be released by the middle of next year. Although the OS and device data can be just the precursors of a hype or a rumour, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe that this is not one of those attempts.

The “iPhone 6.1” revision number doesn’t necessarily mean that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 6. The iPhone 4’s revision was “iPhone 3.1” and the 4S’s was “iPhone 4.1,” so this only suggests the successor.

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Earlier, some speculations had pointed to an iPhone 5S with an identical (or almost identical) exterior to the iPhone 5. Apple is always testing prototypes of unreleased products, but the first day of a new year is earlier than we’ve seen in these usage logs in past years.

Last year, when Apple announced iOS 6 in June and the iPhone 5 in September, developers didn’t report similar logs until May. So definitely, something is cooking up there in that campus.

In iOS, there are four abstraction layers: the Core OS layer, the Core Services layer, the Media layer, and the Cocoa Touch layer. The current version of the operating system (iOS 6.0) dedicates 1-1.5 GB of the device’s flash memory for the system partition, using roughly 800 MB of that partition (varying by model) for iOS itself.

So for complete development it takes time and perhaps thats why the testing has begun so early.

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