Did you jump aboard the iPhone 5 bandwagon and pick up Apple’s latest smartphone at the very first opportunity? Those who wanted one but missed out due to high demand may actually be happy with the way things have turned out, as we’re hearing that Apple may already be testing an iPhone successor, which as history tells us will be the iPhone 5S. Along with it, Apple could be planning to launch their new smartphone with the next version of their operating system as well, which will inevitably be known as iOS 7.
It seems far too early to be talking about the iPhone 5S and iOS 6 considering we have only just past the new year. Everybody knows a new iPhone is coming, but we would usually hear about rumors a few months before, not almost half a year before if the new device is scheduled for a Summer release or Fall like the iPhone 5.
An interesting report has surfaced over at TheNextWeb, as they claim to have seen iOS developer logs that contain listings for iPhone 6,1 – an unreleased device that has also been listed as running on iOS 7. Some of you may already know that the iPhone 5 was previously identified as iPhone 5,1 and 5,2, with the second model relating to different LTE variants for respective networks.
If Apple really are testing their next iPhone, we’re a bit curious to see a listing for iPhone 6,1, if the next device really is going to be the iPhone 5S. Prior to the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple specifically listed ‘iPhone 4S’ in early beta code, but iPhone 6,1 seems to suggest that they may skip the iPhone 5S in favor of the iPhone 6.
We doubt that will happen though seeing as we have previously had the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S as in-between releases, so we expect to hear more evidence on an iPhone 5S soon. As for iOS 7 though, it does seem very early for another new major version – especially when iOS 6 hasn’t really been a shining point among consumers with so many problems involving iOS 6 Maps.
Did you purposely skip the iPhone 5 release in favor of waiting for the next model? What are your initial thoughts on a release for iOS 7, and what features would you like to see compared to iOS 6?