Ever since Scott Forstall, the man responsible for much of the visual design of Apple’s iOS, left the fruit company his job duties were handed over to Jony Ive. It is a known fact that Ive isn’t a fan of skeuomorphism, which for those of you who don’t know, is the idea of making user interface elements resemble real materials and mechanisms. As Ive doesn’t abide by skeuomorphism it has been rumored that he could give iOS a make over in iOS 7. We have already covered various ways he could accomplish this, but have heard very little of Apple actually testing the firmware.
Today developers have contacted The Next Web to share references to a new iPhone identifier and the next big operating system from Apple. Apparently one developer alerted TNW to the fact that Apple has been testing the ‘iPhone6,1’which was reported to be running iOS 7.
You might be thinking to yourself, big deal, identifiers can easily be faked! As TNW points out however, there was a unique IP footprint that lead back to Apple’s Cupertino campus that gives it a lot more credibility.
From the developer logs that we have seen, the app requests originate from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus, suggesting that members of Apple’s software development and app teams are compatibility testing some of the more popular or well-known applications already on the App Store. Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts.
Apple is known to release new iOS revision at its annual WWDC event, which is typically held in San Francisco in June. Considering there was no specifics on hardware or software features, we will have to wait until June to see how Ive has influenced the look and feel of iOS.