Has Apple Been Testing iOS 6.0 for its Next iPad?
Ready for your daily dose of iPad rumors? Yesterday, we looked at a couple rumors about new entries in the iPad product family and one claiming that the tablet might end up named the iPad HD. Information supporting the latter arose through analyzing server logs, which also showed evidence left behind by devices claiming to run the 2048 x 1536 resolution we’re expecting for the new iPad. Today we see some more log evidence along that line, as well as some that shows signs of the arrival of iOS 6.0.
After Gizmodo ran its stats for yesterday’s news, today’s data comes courtesy of Ars Technica. Over the past month, 365 connections to the site were made by devices self-reporting that 2048 x 1536 resolution. That number seems far too high given the poor availability of displays with that particular res, but it would make perfect sense if it could be attributed to Apple employees testing out the new iPad, which we expect to feature a fourfold increase in pixel density over previous models.
User agent strings revealed a few browsers reporting running on iOS 6.0, as well as featuring an upgraded version of WebKit. We haven’t heard much when it comes to Apple’s plans for the next major iOS release, but it’s worth noting that we’ve never seen Apple introduce a major version number release of iOS to coincide with the arrival of a new tablet; that’s not saying it won’t happen, but that there’s no precedent.
We’ll look to Apple for answers next Wednesday, March 7, when we expect the company to announce the next iPad.