iPhone 6?! Hope you kept that holiday gift receipt

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  • App developers spy mentions of next iPhone in their user data
  • Apple also seems to be testing new operating system
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Well, that took all of two days. The calendar turns and immediately we're right back at it, with reports that Apple is not only pretty far down the road with their next iPhone -- but they're already testing it, too.

And on a related note, if you just received a new iPhone for the holidays, we hope it included a gift receipt.

So where's the proof something new is brewing within Apple's famously secretive headquarters? Deep inside some code, spotted by an increasing number of app developers.

The Next Web writes they have been contacted by these developers who are spotting references to new iPhone and iOS identifiers in their usage logs:

"One developer showed us that Apple has been testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7, which is expected to be released by Apple in the middle part of this year.

Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 5, bears the identifiers ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ depending on the LTE model of the handset and the 4G bands on which it operates."

Which is all geek speak to say that somebody is using these apps with never-before-seen devices and software. Devices which just happen to be branded "iPhone6,1."

Adding to the pile of evidence? "The app requests originate from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus."

The call is coming from inside the house!

There's still some debate whether this next iPhone will be a true next-generation iPhone 6 or an iPhone 5S with only a few tweaks and upgrades. Whatever it's called, it's expected to debut this summer possibly during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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