Welcome to a new year of rumors, speculations and, according to TheNextWeb, Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 7. Even though the iPad maker just launched the biggest upgrade to iOS so far, it appears that Apple has already begun testing the next one.
According to an unnamed developer who contacted TheNextWeb, a new iPhone and iOS software app usage log has begun to surface. Based on the information, Apple has been testing hardware related to an “iPhone6,1” identifier running iOS 7.
The current model of iPhone is identified as iPhone5,1 and iPhone5,2, depending on the LTE model and 4G bandwidth under which it operates.
TheNextWeb believes this information to be true because the unique IP identifier has been confirmed to be associated with Apple’s Cupertino campus, suggesting that members of the company’s software development teams are testing compatibility with some of the most popular applications in the App Store.
Sources have told TheNextWeb that Apple began working on a new version of iOS 7 near the end of 2012 and plans to finalize the features that will be included in a public launch very soon.
The recent launch of iOS 6 brought us a lot of new features. Not only did we lose Google Maps and gain Apple’s Maps App, but we also gained Siri on the iPad, Facebook Integration, Do Not Disturb, a native clock app, FaceTime over Cellular, and more. What could Apple possibly add in iOS 7?
It would be great to see the rumored subscription-based music streaming service we keep hearing about. Sure, Rdio and Spotify already offer a well-rounded music service, but Apple could do it better. I’d pay $9.99 per month to be able to stream high quality music files over Wi-Fi. The company could have deep iTunes integration to make it simple to buy a song or album from within their streaming music service.
I’d also like to see Passbook for the iPad. This feature is more likely to launch in an update to iOS 6. Since it is currently available for the iPhone, there is no reason Apple would wait until iOS 7 if it planned to offer it on the iPad at all.
I’ve always felt that Apple’s “Notes” app was pretty weak. I’d love to see a revamped version of that productivity app. I’d like to be able to choose a paper background. I kind of hate yellow legal pads. They make me think of working in a boring, stuffy office. It would also be nice to have multiple font options to choose from. I tend to use Notes for my daily list of things to do. I would love it if Notes included the option to strike-through words so I could see that big, bold line showing that I’d finished my daily task. It is so much more satisfying than just deleting it.
If the rumors are true, we will be hearing more about iOS 7 in the coming months. It is not likely that Apple will have the updated mobile operating system ready until late in 2013, maybe the fall. We will probably know about it by the time the Worldwide Developer Convention takes place. Apple tends to announce things like this at WWDC.