Report: Apple already testing ‘iPhone 6′, iOS 7 (and watches?)

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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 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?

22 comments Add your comment

Phil Suckalewski

January 2nd, 2013
11:58 am

holy cow

January 2nd, 2013
11:59 am

Just got my first iphone this year and I’m a believer!! I wouldn’t go right out and buy the next one though, I’d wait until my contract is up for renewal and take whatever newest version they have then.

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January 2nd, 2013
12:25 pm

ooooooooh, GREAT! A new iPhone that does what other phones were doing last year. :-/ Unfortunately, I will have already traded mine in for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which comes out in February.


January 2nd, 2013
12:26 pm

Like a moth to a flame… Apple keeps the sheeps moving where THEY tell em to move.


January 2nd, 2013
12:32 pm

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the best most innovative durable smartphone on the market, I’m glad I made the switch from the iphone I mean iyuck.


January 2nd, 2013
12:35 pm

Another I-phone upgrade. This is why I stick with Androids. So much easier to deal with and much less expensive.


January 2nd, 2013
12:35 pm

I just purchased my first i-phone. I have the 4S. I don’t want the 5 because it has too many issues. I too will wait until my contract expires to upgrade to another iPhone. I love my 4S! :)


January 2nd, 2013
12:35 pm

The next phone will have the ear jack in a different location. It will also be able to charge wirelessly and send data to your tv wirelessly. Ooops, isn’t Google Nexus already doing that?

Matt the Brave

January 2nd, 2013
12:58 pm

Just remember folks, if you buy it right when it comes out, you’re paying the ‘brand new’ tax on it! Just got an iPhone 4 through AT&T and paid a penny for it. Does more or less the same thing that I would want out of an iPhone 5 except for the transcribing. But that’s not worth another $300 to do that.

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Dave Perry

January 2nd, 2013
1:36 pm

Wearable computers. Right. I hope cancer researchers are keeping an eye on this.

pooh p

January 2nd, 2013
1:37 pm

I have a phone too. When I was little phone was attached to the wall. What happened to good old days?
Play ball? You betcha!


January 2nd, 2013
3:02 pm

I really don’t understand the people who respond so angrily against apple, its products, and the people who buy them. If you dislike it so much, just don’t buy their stuff. People are not “sheep” just because they choose to use an iPhone, anymore than android users are ignorant cheapskates for settling for an inferior product, just because it costs less. To each their own, I say, and happiness to all.

And wouldn’t an Apple watch basically just be an ipod nano on a strap that keeps a time screen up and running?

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JF McNamara

January 2nd, 2013
4:24 pm

The phone is 8 months away. Can we please not start with the rumors?


January 2nd, 2013
5:28 pm

So essentially what we learn is as soon as Apple releases a product they work on product development for their next….

Umm… What else is new?

Clayton Bigsby

January 2nd, 2013
5:36 pm

I’ve been using my Motorola StarTac for 22 years now and it would take a iPhone with lips like Monica Lewinsky to make me convert.


January 2nd, 2013
6:54 pm

Simple Nokia phone ($19 at Walmart), unlimited 4G, unlimited text, unlimited minutes through T Mobile- no contract- $50 per month. Beat that- I just dare you to try!


January 2nd, 2013
6:57 pm

Those little minds who are so jealous of Apple products.
Yes clone lovers, Apple introduced Iphone and launched the smart phone industry. (Please don’t whine about some unheard of device that you think was the first smart phone).
And Apple introduced Ipad and you whiners said: why would anyone need a pad when they have a laptop?
Keep bragging about how cheap your phones are. Some people choose to support the company that innovated entire categories: like desktop computing, smartphones, ITunes, Ipods, etc.
Now go ahead… start whining.

JF McNamara

January 3rd, 2013
8:56 am


Apple didn’t invent or introduce anything. They improved the functionality and popularized products through great marketing, but they are not the real innovators. They simply take what others done and put them together in a well designed package. There is value in that because they brought those products to the masses, but lets not make them out to be some more than they are.

You need to read the entries for “SmartPhone”, “History of tablet computers” and Portable media player on Wikipedia to understand why iPod, iPhone, and iPad were not first. They were better packaging and marketing.


January 5th, 2013
12:16 pm

Clayton I still have my star tac but I was told years ago that is was not compatable with todays system