Apple hasn’t released any iOS updates since this past November when it released iOS 5.0.1 to the public. As you might remember, the update was nothing special, though it did address a number of important battery life issues many iPhone users had been complaining about.
Since then, it’s been all quiet on the iOS front, though with the iPad 3 release just days away (most likely), we might be seeing a new iOS 5 update (iOS 5.1 is already in developer hands) coming through the pipeline in the coming weeks.
Either way, and because we know you’re dying of curiosity, Apple is currently working on iOS 6, the next incarnation of its mobile OS. The news comes courtesy of Ars Technica who found data strings indicating as much in their server logs.
Ars admits that such strings can be falsified, but they were able to isolate the entries in question to IP addresses emanating from Apple HQ.
[W]e 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. The whole listing shows iPads running iOS 5, iOS 5.0.1 (the current public release), iOS 5.1 (the upcoming release currently available to developers), and iOS 6. The iPads that appear to be running iOS 6 are also using a slightly newer build of WebKit—the older OSes all show WebKit 534.46, while the ones claiming to be iOS 6 show WebKit build 535.8.
Ars speculates that we might see a preview of what iOS 6 will bring to the table at next week’s iPad 3 unveiling but we wouldn’t bet on it. We’d love to be proven wrong though.