This definitely looks like it’s going to be a big year of iOS hardware. By all accounts, Apple is set to unveil its new iPad next week with a Retina display and LTE 4G technology. And we expect an even bigger makeover for the company’s handset line later this year.

But what about software? Last year Apple added more than 200 new features to its mobile operating system with iOS 5. So what does it have in store for the next iteration? Well whatever it is, it looks like the company is hard at work on it…

A new report from Ars Technica claims that Apple is currently testing iPad devices running a new version of iOS — iOS 6. The site uncovered the evidence in its web logs, which also show that the iPad devices are sitting in Apple’s headquarters.

“We began looking at iPad user agents coming from Apple’s corporate IP block in Cupertino and discovered that Apple appears to be surfing the Web using iPads running what looks like iOS 6.0. The whole listing shows iPads running iOS 5, iOS 5.0.1 (the current public release), iOS 5.1 (the upcoming release currently available to developers), and iOS 6. The iPads that appear to be running iOS 6 are also using a slightly newer build of WebKit—the older OSes all show WebKit 534.46, while the ones claiming to be iOS 6 show WebKit build 535.8.”

The report goes on to note that a device with a 2048×1536 display has also been turning up in the site’s web log, adding further weight to previous claims that Apple’s next tablet will have a screen with an extremely high resolution.

With iOS 5, Apple added some major features like Notification Center and iMessage. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cupertino company has in store for its next major mobile software update, which should surface sometime later this year.

What features would you like to see in iOS 6?

  • Matt Lewis

    Don’t you remember what Apple did last time to trick people?? iPhone 12, iPad 7.. And so on. Lmao

    • They did that with product model numbers not the OS. We saw the same thing for iOS 5 before it was out.

      Read the article before commenting

      • Matt Lewis

        Thanks, I must of missed that bit.

  • Well since Mountain Lion looks more like iOS 5 now, iOS 6 will probably look more like Mac OS. Eventually we’ll all be running Mac iOS.

  • Don’t care what it looks like as long is there is a jailbreak!!

  • Also, less than 6 months since iOS 5 release? come on.

    • Or… Stay with me here… Apple is testing it for next year release.

      “Mind has been Blown” -_-

      • Who would believe that? Testing products from the future? Or maybe is a time machine that came from the future 😛

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully a better imessenger. Just finish the job of killing RIM off and please add the ability to have an organized imessenger list with a display picture and ability to have a status bar. I believe apple will beef up imessenger but who knows to what extent..

  • What features would you like to see in iOS 6?
    Cydia sitting on my springboard!!!

  • Siri on ipad

  • Anonymous

    How about Personal Hotspot tethering over wifi that actually stays connected for more than 10 minutes. Come on Apple you’ve had a problem with this since 4.3.3 it’s time it was fixed.

    • Uhm, since I use that function each day on the train, I’d say it works pretty well since the ride to and fro is about two hours and it stays connected fine.

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately looking around the Apple Communities and various other forums, there’s quite a few of us having the same problem. All sorts of work arounds have been tried, some work for some, but most still have this problem. The main reason I upgraded to the 4S was for the faster 3G network speeds that I could tether to my various Mac’s and iPads as my landline speed is almost unusable. I’m even thinking ( if I can bring myself to do it) of getting a cheap Android phone just for tethering.

  • Seems fake to me. There’s no mobile build identifier (e.g. Mobile/9A406) and doesn’t say the Safari version (Safari/7534.48.3). WebKit 535.8 seems about right though; my Chrome has 535.24 (but it’s a beta version).

    Ad@m

  • We’ve already got iMessage, what about iCall for free phone calls between iDevices?

    • Anonymous

      iMessage sucks

      • its the best feature ever made, i love texting, i wish everybody have it 😛

    • like facetime but with no face right ? 😛

  • Look like iOS have to BIG overhaul since the Windows8 Consumer Review released. The Big Contender not the Android anymore but the Win8 for tablet.
    Be evolutionary, Apple. Its going to be great battle after 5 years iOS dominated.
    The ipad multi gesture not doing so well, comparing the revolutionary gesture on win8

  • I just need them to fix the battery issue….

  • I would love native quick compose for messages. It’s literally the major reason I stay jail broken. Cannot live without intelliscreen x.