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Four months after launching its latest smartphone, there is a report that Apple is already testing a new iPhone that will be powered by a new operating system.
In addition, a Wall Street analyst is bullish on Apple’s stock, which traded higher Wednesday, and he says the company is trying to develop “wearable” computers.
The report on the new iPhone comes from the website The Next Web, which cites software development app usage logs that it says contain references to a new iPhone “identifier” and operating system update, “i0S 7.”
The website suggests members of Apple’s software development and app teams have been requesting apps for compatibility testing for the new device. The website said the originating IP address on app usage logs can be traced to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.:
One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year. Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5, bears the identifiers ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ depending on the LTE model of the handset and the 4G bands on which it operates.
So far, no word from Apple on this.
The site says no information is provided on new features for the device. It says the company began working on the new operating system recently.
Separately, Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said in a research note that speculation is growing Cupertino is trying to develop forms of wearable computers, including watches. The company also may expand a program that licenses hardware manufacturers to produce products that connect to iOS devices, according to a Forbes.com report on Munster’s research.
Are you ready for a new iPhone just months after the latest one hit the market? And is there an Apple watch in your future?