It looks as though a number of major smartphone manufacturers have upped their game this year and we are hearing news of impressive new devices from the likes of Sony and HTC. The biggest release of the year however looks likely to be the iPhone 5S from Apple and latest reports suggest that Apple are already at testing stage on the software and hardware that this model will use.
According to TNW Apple are already undertaking testing of new hardware and the iOS 7 software that is set to feature on the iPhone 5S. The new reports still give us no idea about the exact launch date for this model but the fact that the company are already testing elements of the phone means the June launch that has been rumoured may not be to far wide of the mark. Apparently eagle eyed developers have spotted iOS 7 running on hardware that is code named 6,1. After more research it transpires that the IP addresses of the hardware in question come from with Apples own Cupertino headquarters. To give even more strength to these latest reports iOS 7 has also been popping up inside Google Analytics.
The above may not mean much to the average consumer but a big clue lies with the 6,1 hardware. The current iPhone 5 model runs on a combination of 5,1 and 5,2 and according to experts when the first number in this sequence changes it indicate a fresh new model, thus 6,1 is very likely to be the new iPhone 5S or indeed the iPhone 6 if Apple choose to use this name. Traditionally we see new iPhone models released in the latter part of the year but in 2012 the company lost serious ground to Samsung as the Galaxy S3 was launched months before the iPhone 5. Apple do not want to make the same mistake this year and are looking for a June release, just after the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 launch.
As we edge closer to the summer months we are bound to here many more stories relating to the iPhone 5S but already the model is looking likely to be one of the biggest releases of the year.