“Currently under development, traces of Apple’s new iPhone and iOS software have begun surfacing in app usage logs,” Matt Brian reports for TNW. “Developers have contacted The Next Web to share references to a new iPhone identifier and the next big operating system update for the smartphone and tablet devices: iOS 7.”

“One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year,” Brian notes. “Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5, bears the identifiers ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ depending on the LTE model of the handset and the 4G bands on which it operates.”

Brian notes, “From the developer logs that we have seen, the app requests originate from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus… “

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