Apple is in the process of testing a new iPhone and the next version of its iOS software, according to app developers.
Hints of Apple’s new iPhone and iOS software emerging in app usage logs had developers contacting The Next Web (TNW) to discuss the developments.
References to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1, running iOS 7 operating system was spotted, TNW reported. The device is to be released by Apple later this year.
Apple’s iPhone 5 displays the identifiers “iPhone 5.1″ and “iPhone 5.2″ and runs on the iOS 6 operating system.
The app requests stem from from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus, intimating Apple engineers are testing compatibility for some of the company’s most popular app offerings, the website said.
“Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts,” the website said.
Although hardware and software details are not communicated in developer logs, sources have revealed Apple started work on the new version of iOS 7 in the final months of 2012 and is expected to soon complete the features to be integrated in the device before its release.
According to Reuters, however, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt is predicting the next version of the iPhone will be dubbed iPhone 5S rather than iPhone 6.
The conclusion is based on the fact that Apple habitually labels the interim version of its handsets with an “S” before beginning a new version. For instance, iPhone 3GS trailed iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4S came after the iPhone 4.
McCourt also told Reuters an earlier launch of the product could be in the works due to the stress on Apple’s supply chain caused by late-year launches.
The iPhone 5 hit the market in September and it is thought the next version of the iPhone will hit store shelves in the middle of this year.
In fact, according to Techradar.com, there have been reports Apple could launch its new iPhone this spring.