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Apple won’t be releasing iOS 7 to the public until Wednesday of this week, but it’s already believed to be widely testing multiple versions of future updates. This according to the web analytics of iDB and other websites.

The web logs show that sites starting receiving hits from devices running everything from iOS 7.0.1 to iOS 7.1 back in August, with traffic increasing in early September. And all of the activity is coming from Cupertino…

9to5Mac, who first spotted the activity, notes that it has detected iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2 and iOS 7.1 action on its website in recent months. MacRumors echoes the findings, adding that it has also seen iOS 8 references as well.

Here’s analytics from iDB over the past few weeks:

iOS 7.0.1

iOS 7.0.1 logs

iOS 7.1

iOS 7.1 log

As with other sites, we noticed an increase in activity from devices running future versions of iOS in the run-up to the big iPhone event last week. And it’s all coming from the Cupertino-Palo Alto area—Apple’s stomping grounds.

So what does this mean? Nothing, yet. Apple typically posts a 0.1 update shortly after a major release in order to fix bugs and security issues, so it’s not surprising that we’re seeing that. But iOS 7.1 could prove very interesting.

Apple tends to drop new features into its .1 updates—in iOS 6.1 it added Siri capabilities—and there has already been talk about what 7.1 could potentially bring such as Siri API for third-party devs and iOS in the Car enhancements.

  • jocastro

    damn this is gonna suck for us jailbreakers,

    but if theirs a will theirs a way

    • Jonathan

      Possibly not. If it is already nearly completed in being built, then they might not go back to fix the exploit and wait for the next iOS update instead, so there may be no harm in this.

    • Liam Mulcahy

      damn right

  • Jonathan

    Hope that version has quickreply…

    • chumawumba

      They wouldn’t release such an important feature on an incremental update. I hope too, but that’s the truth.

      • diggitydang

        I don’t remember it, but as the article says, they released Siri at 6.1…

      • chumawumba

        Possibly, but Siri was announced for iOS 6 beforehand, unlike Quick Reply, which hasn’t even been announced for iOS 7.

      • diggitydang

        True. Good point.

      • Pablo

        I’m using 5.1.1 and I have Siri, as I remember, it was a new featur for iphone 4s, iOS6 is newer than 4s
        (a friend of mine has iphone 4 on 6.1.3 and no Siri at all)

      • Moi

        Cuz Siri requires iPhone 4S and later , iPad 3 or later , iPad mini 1 and later … I don’t know about itouches

      • Jonathan

        iPod Touch 5 only.

      • It requires the 4S officially, but could have run on the 3GS…the slight lag it ’causes are easily fixed by removing crappy launch daemons.

      • Bill

        It’s in the iTouch 5 now.

        What’s funny about Siri, though, is that jailbreakers had it working on the 3G, 4, iTouch 4, iPad 2, and iPad 1. It has nothing to do with hardware limitations, but everything to do with Apple wanting to make sure the latest and greatest goes to the new device.

      • Jonathan

        No, they added movie ticket purchase ability.

      • pegger1

        Siri was released in iOS 5 with the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5 came with iOS 6 and additional Siri functionality.

      • Moi

        And it was first come to iPads with iPad 3 on ios 6

      • diggitydang

        Hmmm… I wonder if iDB is just wrong then… As I stated, I don’t recall exactly when it came out.

      • Jamie Tilden

        They released added Siri capabilities. Siri was initially released with iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S in 2011.

      • John Sklikas

        I think so too, Quick Reply will be the killer feature of iOS 8, just like AirDrop for iOS 7

    • Lance Baker

      It’s possible they could. Quick Reply is a feature of OSX Mavericks so perhaps 7.1 will coincide with that. I believe that’s when we will see iCloud Keychain make it’s return as well.

    • seyss

      This is probably patented and the greedy bastards behind it are demand millions from Apple

  • Moi

    Give it to me

  • motti

    If you have ifile you can change what IOS you are on, im sure some kid changed their iphones IOS version and went to your website . Do you acually think Apple would go with their 7.0.1 device onto a website that talks about jailbreaking?

    • Moi

      Yes no yes no , bored yeah bye

    • Mr. E

      With a simple Plist edit you can have iOS 8.1 that’s how so many fake jailbreaks are on the scene right now. They manually edit their iOS to 6.1.3/4

    • Sure you can do that, but you would also have to fake your IP address, which we tracked back to Palo Alto and Cupertino.

      Faking your IP address is much harder than just editing a plist, so I doubt what we see in our logs was faked.

      Additionally, why would a kid bother faking version 7.0.1 or 7.1. If I’m gonna fake it, you can be sure I’ll fake it to version 8.0.

      All I’m saying is that I am 99.99% confident that what we see in our logs is accurate. We wouldn’t have posted it otherwise.

      • Uhm, it’s not as hard as you’re making it sound. Proxies and VPNs have existed for decades you know…

    • Tartil Chowdhury

      Ummm… Changing your user agent is a lot harder than that… The SystemVersion plist does not change the user agent, rather, you have to add a line in a Safari framework plist. I highly doubt a bunch of kids are doing that (even though if they did feel like it, they could).

  • Lavish P

    most of y’all are probably better off waiting for the 7.1 instead of getting 7 as its mad buggy

    • Moi

      I agree and to morrow I’ll restore to ios 6 as long as I can ( I’m on ios 7 GM and it’s very buggy and it’s the same that will be out on Wednesday )

      • At

        I’ve been running the GM for 3 days now on iPhone 5 and haven’t experienced any issues what so ever, and I use my phone constantly.

      • John Sklikas

        I hade iOS 7 since beta 1, so that I could test my app. I put iOS 7 GM to my iPad just because I thought that it would be stable, but it isn’t really, I’ve already found one really noticeable bug and ignoring the bugs, my iPad is laggy. Instead iOS 7 GM for iPhone 5 is working perfectly, you’re right on this 🙂

      • Moi

        Well Mr. the iPad version is full of bugs and I know it works fine on i5 so….

  • Cesar D

    What is that vector on the iPhone’s image?

    However, it’s completely easy to change the iOS information when you’re jailbroke

    • Jonathan

      I was wondering the same thing.

  • Core

    i dont care no new features back in the day a iphone update actually ment something now its crap :-/

    • pegger1

      What day are you talking about? Every update to the iPhone since the first one has been minor updates. Not one iPhone update had huge out of this worlds changes. But people like you seem to expect it every year for some reason.

      • Bill

        Because people like him probably think Windows Phone is where it’s at.

        All Windows Phone has over the competition is that camera in the Lumia 1020. Even then, you can get the same camera in a Symbian phone.

  • @dongiuj

    “get ios7 out there for a selling point to the week minded and then we’ll make it work properly at a later date with 7.1”

  • Steve Brea

    Is iOS 7 GM the same version that is going to be released on Wednesday? Or will people with the GM have to update again?

    • Martin Dunsmore

      GM is the same version that will be released on Wednesday.

  • Christophe

    I hope we could customize control center in 7.1

  • Jaime Alan Mendez Castro

    As you may know there is a tweak to change the safari user agent…