According to a recent report from TheNextWeb, references to Apple’s next iPhone—believed by some to be the much rumored iPhone 5S— are increasingly spotted in various developers’ app usage logs. Going by the identifier “iPhone 6,1,” the new device is said to be powered by Apple’s next big platform, iOS7, and may see a release at some point during the “middle” of 2013. While online log data are often questioned for their accuracy, the IP addresses from which the app requests originated have been observed to come from within Apple’s “Cupertino campus.” More than anything, this suggests that the official field tests related to the new iPhone, along with its accompanying software, may in fact be underway.
What will be particularly interesting to see, in the future periods to come, is how much iOS 7 will differ from its predecessor. The feud between Scott Forestall, Apple’s former iOS brainchild, and SVP of industrial design Jony Ive has been a subject of much scrutiny, with the latter particularly known to dislike Forestall’s favored “skeumorphic” designs, where software icons assume the textures –and sometimes the appearances— of real life objects. Now that Apple CEO Tim Cook has dismissed Forestall during the company’s recent shake up, and now that Ive is given the majority of the iOS’s design responsibilities, the new interface is very likely to opt for a more “modern” and “cleaner” look, as suggested by Erica Ogg of Gigaom.
Other possible iOS-based changes we can expect to see include a new app that works with the potentially added NFC functionality, an interface with the look and feel of the OSX platform, and, according to PressBlue, an inclusion of internal apps that facilitates Apple’s iCloud syncing capabilities.
Many of the iPhone 5S’s possible features have been discussed in our earlier articles, whether it is in regards to its potential new capabilities or its targeted mid-end market. PressBlue has interestingly noted that the iPhone 5S may come in additional colors, meaning consumers won’t be restricted to only the traditional black and white options.