Is this the iPhone 6? Logs show evidence of the latest Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shiny toy, along with a new iOS 7. Could it be an accidental leak, or is Apple PR just toying with us again? Anyway, it could simply be the rumored mid-year kicker iPhone 5S.
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Here we go then. First, Matt Brian glosses up a slow news day:
Apple’s new iPhone and iOS software have begun surfacing in app usage logs. ... One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1'...the app requests originate from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus.
Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint...leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts. ...sources have indicated that Apple began working on the new version of iOS 7 towards the end of 2012. ... In the past, Apple has released developer seeds of its major operating system updates...in June. MORE
A slightly bleary-eyed Mark Gurman wonders if this is actually an iPhone 5S:
A change in the first number of Apple hardware’s numbering sequence typically points to major internal changes. ... Apple has already been rumored to be working on a mid-2013...“iPhone 5S.”
We’re also seeing iOS 7 hits in our web analytics [but] these could be faked easily. MORE
But John Koetsier stifles a yawn:
OK, that is actually not a shock, and is pretty much...standard operating procedure. ...the only shock would be if the company was not working on new models and software.
[But it's] surprising that Apple has allowed...the new model designator to venture uncloaked into the digital world. ... Given the company’s penchant for privacy...one would expect Apple to spoof an older phone’s identifiers, thereby concealing the new hardware and software. MORE
And Michael Westin just shakes his head:
Is Apple testing the iPhone 6? Of course. ... Just like Samsung is testing the Galaxy S IV, LG is testing the Optimus...H?, HTC is testing the Two X, and so on. MORE
Meanwhile, Head Brainiac ironically chants the Cupertino mantra:
Buy a new one, buy a new one. The next version will have that, the version after that will have it, the version after it will have something. Just buy a new one.
If Apple were to actually have a noticeable improvement between models it might be worth it, but they don't, so every 4 versions is probably the better choice. MORE