Some tech blogs have discovered visitors to its site using iPads running iOS 6, confirming a rumor that Apple employees have already begun using and testing the iOS 6. More confirmation will only be received on March 7, this Wednesday, the day Apple has confirmed to be holding an event in San Francisco.
Logs show that a device with a 2048×1536 resolution – matching the spec of the all-but confirmed Retina display – said to have been produced by electronic company, Sharp. It’s too weak a link to connect screen resolution to Apple’s iPads. But then again, this sort of resolution has still not flooded the market.
Further digging specifically from the corporate IP block held by Apple revealed that employees were browsing the Web using iPads running on iOS 5, the current iOS 5.0.1 , iOS 5.1 – currently at developer-only beta stage – and surprisingly, “iOS 6.0″.
The iOS 6 was expected to arrive this summer with the release of the iPhone 5. The iPads found to be using iOS 6 were also running newer builds of WebKit – 535.8 compared with the older OSes, which are all shown to be using WebKit 534.46.
It’s highly likely that the iOS 6 is not going to feature at the iPad event this Wednesday– or indeed anytime soon but these rumors confirm that is is a project in the pipeline. A strategy to let the iOS 5 complete its usefulness with iDevice users and creating a future prospect of iOS 6 is good for business. For now, expect iOS 5.1 to be released with the new iPad 3 which could also be released under the name of iPad HD.