Apple updates apps with support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. Wait, what?

By , Sep 7, 2013

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Apple posted tiny updates for a number of its apps this week, including iMovie, iPhoto, Pages and more. And while the updates themselves seem insignificant—most of their change logs read “addresses compatibility issues”—they may not be.

It’s been discovered that all of these apps, and several others from third party developers, now show that they’ve been “optimized for iPhone 6″ in their Compatibility sections on the App Store. Does this mean the iPhone 5S is actually the iPhone 6?

Update: as noted by several commenters below, it appears that Apple either has a major glitch in its iTunes backend, or is totally trolling us. Users are seeing “optimized for iPhone 6, 7″ and so on, depending on their region. We have updated the title of the post to reflect this.

As noted by The Verge, it’s very possible that the message is merely an odd mistake, or, even an intentional one to throw a wrench in the rumor mill. So there’s no guarantees here that this is indicative of Apple’s plans. But it is rather interesting, isn’t it?

Adding to the mystery is the fact that it looks like you’ll only see the ‘this app optimized for iPhone 6′ text in the browser-based version of the App Store. Folks using the iTunes desktop app or the App Store app on their iDevice will still see ‘for iPhone 5.’

Since rumors regarding this year’s iPhone began late last year, the consensus has always been that it will be an S-model. That means the handset would look nearly identical to its predecessor, with some internal upgrades and at least one big new feature.

iPhone 5S (graphite, gold, Sonny Dickson 001)

And this assumption didn’t just come out of thin air. No, not only has Apple been doing S-model iPhones for the past 4 years, but all of the photos, videos and insider reports we’ve seen up until now have pointed directly to a familiar-looking iPhone 5S.

So what’s the deal? Your guess is as good as mine. I could spend all day talking about Tim Cook’s plan to “double down” on secrecy or the 2011 tear-drop iPhone that never materialized, but I won’t. One thing’s for sure, though, Tuesday just got a lot more interesting.

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  • http://hashuumi.tumblr.com/ Hisham

    Oh no Apple did slip of tongue…

  • Maxim∑

    Might have been a joke by a employee, its edited now

    • Omar Abbasi

      It is not edited if you see it on an actual webpage

    • omrishtam
      • Sam Khan

        Looks like they fixed it

    • omrishtam

      on the canadian app store it shows iphone 6 and on the new ziland app store it shows iphone 7….

      • Om

        YES! I just tried entering nz in the link, and now I see iPhone 7! What is going on? xD

    • Moi

      That’s what I thought 2 but would Tim let them do it ?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        He can’t not let them do it :P

        If some pesky employees have access to edit apps compatibility then you’re not going to stop them if they’ve already committed to trolling us…

  • Manuel Molina

    Same design phone with not so many new features but one, and a bit of spec updates? Called this the 6? I don’t think so.

    • omrishtam

      who told you that it is the same design?rumors? you cant know what apple will do untill they reveal it….the iPhone 4s for example….people were so sure that it will be iPhone 5 and it wasnt. and also the Mac Pro….noone expected it. and the iOS 7 and the list goes on….apple can surprise us.

      • Andrew Roth

        Yeah… no body expected iOS 7 to bring a major redesign…

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Lol

      • mehrab

        Exactly all i was thinking about ios 7 was some icon changes if that and some additional built in apps and enhancements but i was shocked seeing everything being redesigned and seeing features parallax motion wallpapers multitasking airdrop control centre itunes radio and all

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Well, one is hardware, you can see leaked parts and casings. The other is software, which lies on the developer teams computers and their minds. If you have rumor about a piece of hardware, and you get that confirmed by a heck lot of sources, then boy it will most probably be the case. Nobody know if apple is fake-hyping tho.

      • Andrew Roth

        Something is telling me you don’t understand the concept of sarcasm…

      • Manuel Molina

        If you honestly believe that you can’t predict Apple’s moves, then clearly you don’t follow Apple and their entire cycle of phones.

    • Sam Khan

      If you look at iPad 2, 3, and 4 they have exact same design with little tweaks.
      Moral: its apple every thing is possible.

  • Alejandro Maximo Marez

    Hmm… Interesting. So have the Chinese been feeding us false rumors?

  • Dave Weinstock

    This would make a lot of sense. From a retail background, It’s hard enough for consumers to differentiate between an iPhone 4 and 4S. The branding and iphone appearance is just too similar. Having an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 5C AND a regular iPhone 5 would just be a nightmare.

    • Maxim∑

      iPhone C has to be 349-499$ cheaper than a iPad 4 but more expenisve than a iPad Mini.

      I think the differentiation is the fingerprint sensor,metal body and A7 chip better camera etc. Not sure where the iPhone 5 would come in though unless the 5C has lower specs

    • Jonathan

      I think the 5C will be just for China, with the C standing for China. but I can imagine a lot of unhappy people if China gets a cheap iPhone while the rest of the world is stuck with the more expensive versions.

      • Saeed Ghattas

        If true, the C stands for COLORED and not CHINA!!!

      • At

        There’s been a few leeks from china carriers that they will be carrying both the 5C and 5S. The C = color and will be available just about everywhere.

      • Luis Moraes

        U honestly think Apple would make and iPhone just for China?

  • Eduardo Marquez

    Wow! it all makes sense now. That will definitely catch everyone by surprise come tuesday.

  • iavengers

    Yea. Hopefully. I am totally confused.

  • Michael Hetrick

    Technically the iPhone 5 is the iPhone 6, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Zorvage

    I just looked it up but it still says iPhone 5 here? :o

    • Prasoon Singh

      They updated it.

    • Om

      Make sure that you look at the Canadian version of the website.

  • Nandi

    OMG! iPhone 7!!!

    • Luis Moraes

      iphone 7, and not 6? at least curious

  • Maxim∑

    APPLE IS TROLLING US: new zealand app store

    “Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 7″

    itunes.apple(dot)com/nz/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8

    (remove the “dot” and put “.”)

    :)

    • Osama Muhammed

      i guess since 5 is close to 6 key, they mistakenly pressed 6 instead, so they did that 7 to explain in a sneaky way.. it was actually funny

  • cpotter1122

    Must have been a typo since Apple has changed it to say optimized for iPhone 5

  • Jeremy Spencer

    New Zealand:

  • Jeremy Spencer

    Canada:

  • Jeremy Spencer

    New Zealand:
    iPhone 7! (2nd image)

  • Markus Hudobnik

    An error, no doubt

  • http://young-smil-officiel.skyrock.com/ Young SMIL

    Fake ! I can’t see it, and you can mod it within the navigator to take a screenshot.

    • Adan Santos

      And the award for idiot of the month goes to… you!

    • ConduciveMammal

      From Britain, to you: Piss off you wanker

  • alexanderlyd

    how easy is it to make a typo, i mean 5 is next to 6…

  • http://abo1bs.com/ ابو بس

    optimized for iPhone 7

  • omrishtam

    maybe iphone 6 is the low budget and the iphone 7 is the better….
    and also “iPhone 5S” should have been the 7th iPhone so….

  • n0ahcruz3

    iPhone 6 but same design, just to stay unpredictable ala the New iPad.

  • Urzo

    Im really really hoping that every single bit of “leaked” information you guys got was entirely incorrect.

    • Urzo

      I hope that there is no iPhone 5S and 5C

      • Moi

        :D

      • Moi

        Haha I’ve just figure out that I can reply to myself , stupid me : D

      • Patrick

        i wish you never came out the womb

  • Gus Me

    Trolling at its finest. No doubt that we’ll see a 5s and nothing really “new”. If it ain’t broke as far as they’re concerned don’t fix it.

    • Question

      Who knows maybe it’ll surprise us? i never honestly thought that apple would make their UI so different in iOS 7.

  • Eladkse

    I’m not familiar with how the App Store coding works, but I think we’re reading way too much into it.

    Obviously, the compatibly list isn’t manually typed – one assumes it’s generated based on some sort of list of device IDs. We also know that two new iPhones are due to be launched, but are yet to be announced.

    It is possible then, that the device ID list contains placeholder values for future devices, miscellaneously labelled from iPhone 6 onwards. If it has not yet been updated, any app with matching future compatibility would erroneously show these non-existent devices on their entry.

  • Felipe Lopez

    You know it could just be that they’re referring to the iPhones as they’re release number.First iPhone-1, 3G-2, 3GS-3, 4-4, 4s-5, 5-6, 5s-7. Dont They do that in the software codes?

  • Apanizo2

    Major leak…

  • p_amXtr

    Apple

  • c0nath

    It’s probably just a typo, or things just got really confusing.

  • El Arqui Tecto

    This comment is optimized for iPhone 8

  • Mohamed Hassabo

    I open the canadian page but I just see optimized for iPhone 5.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Could it not be possible that Apple might drop this iteration of the S-model and go straight to the 6 as a sort of celebration of the massive overhaul of iOS 7? Brand new software usually goes best with brand new tech.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Way to go Apple, pathetic as usual.

    • Pato111

      Get out of here with your bs!!!

  • Imran

    Really….

  • chumawumba

    Probably a glitch but still.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    The iPhone event is near, so Apple wanted to do something to give them more attention. Well… It worked.

  • Luis Moraes

    they’re fixing it. right now if you try to access the pages ios app on webpage it takes you to the ipad webpage

  • Richard Xing

    Someone posted these on The Verge

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Hmmmm. >.>

  • AJ Garcia

    I think Apple’s iPhone 5S is the iPhone 5C. That would make it easier for Apple to go from the iPhone 5 straight to the iPhone 6.
    So we might just see, an iPhone 5C and iPhone 6 introduced on Tuesday.

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      you think apple wouldn’t change a design of next iPhone if it wouldn’t be an S-model? doubt that

  • daniel

    who cares what the name would be, the phone will still be the same as the iphone 4, 4s, 5

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      true true

  • jeffyg3

    It’s probably referring to the generation. The iPhone 5 is the 6th Gen iPhone (really should have been called the iPhone 6), and the reportedly iPhone 5S is the iPhone 7. That would be my guess for the numbers, by generation of the iPhone.

  • Ronnel Davis

    It might be apple optimising their apps for a bigger screen iPhone 6 for testing like it said “Optimised for iPhone 5″ when they changed the screen size the last time. Looks like internal testing has begun.