Recently, a report from The Next Web teased the possibility of Apple being hard at work developing a follow-up to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. These products – the iPhone 5S/iPhone 6 and iOS 7 – have not been announced by Apple, but these reports claim that developers have spotted an “iPhone 6,1” and “iOS 7” identifiers on their logs, suggesting that testing has started on these mythical devices, with a possible mid-2013 release date. Adding fuel to the fire were claims that the IP address detected on the developer logs originated from Cupertino, Calif., which is where Apple is headquartered.
While it’s easy to provide multiple interpretations for a report such as that, what remains clear is that Apple will be releasing a new iPhone and a new version of iOS this year, possibly before the usual 12-month life cycle of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 is over. New versions of iOS are typically announced at the yearly WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), so there’s a good chance we will be getting a peek at the next iOS iteration by that time. iOS 7’s features are far from confirmed, but some tech sites have speculated new features such as an improved lock screen and notifications and possibly smoother user interface interaction to match up with Project Butter, a key feature on Android 4.1 and beyond.
As for the fifth-generation iPad, the rumor mill has been relatively quiet as compared to talk of a second-generation iPad mini. Still, it’s possible that the “iPad 5” will be even thinner and lighter, with processor speed and perhaps display quality to improve even further. The iPad mini 2, on the other hand, could address several concerns consumers had about the original 7.9-inch tablet. Although this could very well lead to a non-budget price point, the mini 2 is believed to feature Retina Display and an A6 processor under the hood, among other specs.