New iPhone, iOS version in testing phase
Cupertino’s testing footprint shows up in app usage logs
Apple Inc is in the process of testing iOS 7 and the next iteration of the iPhone, according to The Next Web.
The tech site was alerted by developers to telltale signatures in app usage logs carrying a new "iPhone6,1" identifier. The iPhone 5, uses "iPhone5,1" and "iPhone 5,2" depending on LTE/4G versioning.
While the OS and device tags can be faked, Next Web said it had traced an IP marker also present in the logs back to Apple's Cupertino labs. The site argued that the log entries were thus likely genuine and represented Apple engineers' testing of pre-existing App Store downloads for backwards compatibility on the new platform.
Apple launched the iPhone 5 in September and was immediately hit with problems in the supply chain as its Chinese manufacturer Foxconn struggled to meet the demands of the market.
The handset carried the new iOS 6 platform, which was subsequently plagued by several post-launch faults, some of which were promptly fixed. The most prominent - that of the much-maligned Apple Maps feature that replaced Google's market-pleasing alternative - is yet to be resolved.
Although Apple stock rallied slightly yesterday it still sits at below $550 after hitting a high of over $700 three moths ago. An early release of a new product with a revamped OS at an off-peak time may help put the shine back on Apple.