Employees at Apple’s testing lab is already using iPad 3 running iOS 6 for internet browsing, reports Ars Technica, who spotted the telltale markers of iOS 6 buried deep inside their server logs. It’s a strong indication that the newest operating system from Apple has been installed on at least iPad 3 and is being tested by Apple engineers.
Analytic evidence suggests that as many as 346 visits were made from an iPad running iOS 6 with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 - corroborating earlier claims for the “retina” display. The site looked to other sources, which confirmed that iOS 6 had indeed begun being tested.
But to add to this discovery, we began looking at iPad user agents coming from Apple’s corporate IP block in Cupertinoand discovered that Apple appears to 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 shows WebKit build 535.8.
It is highly unlikely that Apple will ship iOS 6 with an iPad 3 on March 7th or will take any opportunity to share information about the future iOS at that event, but it’s a clear indication that the next generation iPhone (iPhone 5) will probably be introduced with an iOS 6. This is good news for Apple users for sure, but those good feelings should be tempered with the realization that an iOS 6.0 release could be far off. With many people still running on iOS 5.0.1, why would the 6.0 come any sooner?