The team at Ars Technica has discovered that devices claiming to be running iOS 6 are showing up in their server logs.
The site reported that they had logged visits from 365 devices running the 2,048 by 1,536 pixel resolution, which is the same as the one rumored to be featured by the upcoming iPad 3.
Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng said: “While digging through our logs in preparation for our monthly browser stat report, we found 346 visits from a device with a screen resolution of 2048×1536—the exact resolution rumored for the “retina” display in the next-generation iPad. Although a screen resolution by itself isn’t much to go on, a quick search around the Web indicates that there are very few devices in current use that have this same resolution[…] But to add to this discovery, we began looking at iPad user agents coming from Apple’s corporate IP block in Cupertino and discovered that Apple appears to be surfing the Web using iPads running what looks like iOS 6.0.”
Recent reports have speculated that Apple’s third-generation iPad will sport a Retina Display with a 2,048 by 1,536 resolution screen.
iOS version 5.0.1 is the current consumer version and the presence of the iOS 6 in Ars Tehnica’ report shows that Apple is working hard on the next mobile operating system.
Some expect the iOS 6 to arrive in late summer or early fall on the iPhone 5.