Around 5 days ago we published an article about some developer logs that seemed to reveal the Apple iPhone 6 and iOS 7, which even included an IP footprint that led back to Apple’s headquarters at Cupertino. Since this news had been published we have seen a number of blogs picking up on the story, and even 5 days later we’ve seen Apple fans spinning what it could mean and some even predicting this adds weight to a release date shortly after WWDC, or even sooner.
While we’d agree that there is every chance of an iPhone 6, or in fact more likely named 5S, arriving at WWDC thanks to the end of year becoming over crowded, we shouldn’t see a reference to iPhone6,1 and iOS 7 as evidence that the next iPhone is in final build stages. It is worth noting that the iPhone 5 had an identifier of iPhone 5,2.
Work starts on iPhone 6 / 5S and iOS 7 right away – you can count on it that Apple start working on the next iPhone right after the launch of the previous hardware, and in fact all those engineers will be kept busy, so some people think work started on the new hardware even before the release of iPhone 5. The references in the log files also hint towards the naming of iPhone 6 rather than 5S thanks to the identifier number, although this is pure speculation considering we wouldn’t expect to see an “S” at the end of the identifier.
Display changes this year – within the last couple of days we have also heard about the so-called iPhone 6 making hardware changes to the display once again, and this rumor has been started by China Times and can be read in more detail here (cites insider sources from Apple’s supply chain). They claim the change would be thanks to sensitivity problems with the iPhone 5 touch panel, and they claim that Apple is going to switch to different technology with what they’re calling the “iPhone 6“.
The source also details some of the specs for the new iPhone 5 screen, which includes a thickness of just 0.5mm and what they call a “Touch On Display” panel. This new technology will apparently deliver improved touch sensitivity. At the time of writing it is still not clear if the next hardware will be named iPhone 6 or 5S.
We’d love to hear from our readers – what changes would you like iOS 7 to bring, and what changes should be made with the next iPhone? We’d personally love to see a design that doesn’t scratch so easy.