One of 9to5macs readers has informed them that devices running iOS 6 have began to appear in their applications usage log. This reader was of-coarse an iOS developer, and from the looks of it Apple is testing iOS 6 with various app-store applications. These iOS version statistics come from an analytics program used by developers to track visitor information. The developer began seeing the iOS6 string earlier today, but could’ve visited the site earlier this week, or late last week.
A few other developers saw a similar pattern during April according to sources of 9to5mac. And last year Apple ran the same exact tests in April with iOS 5. So if you ask me, its not a question if this is Apple testing, but when could we expect a release. Last year iOS 5 was released in October, so we may estimate a similar release point. But the big expectation is that Apple will be announcing iOS 6 and its features at WWDC 2012.
Also, if you haven’t heard, iOS 6 should come with a wide range of new features. One of the largest changes will be the dropping of Google Maps and replacement with Apples upcoming 3D Maps application. iCloud will also be more integrated with iOS 6, but the specific uses haven’t been made clear.