We already know that Apple had made public announcement that iPad 3 will make its debut on March 7th next week in an event in San Francisco – adding an interesting note over on this – Ars Technica have noticed that an ‘iPad’ device running software said to be as ‘iOS 6’ is showing up in the server logs. The things that indicate that it might be an iPad coming version includes: screen resolution of 2048X1536, the rumoured resolution of the new iPad’s Retina display.
Ars Technicia’s Jacqui Cheng lays out the evidence discovered by polling the server logs
…we began looking at iPad user agents coming from Apple’s corporate IP block in Cupertino and 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 show WebKit build 535.8.
The news still not seems to be confirming anything as it strongly not predict anything that Apple would showoff iOS 6 before it has even released iOS 5.1 version, which is still have to make its debut in beta version in coming week.
iOS 5.1 has been locked down with regards to API changes for weeks now, leading to some speculation that Apple is busy adding support for a new feature to the iPad’s OS. Perhaps Siri, or just support for a Retina display, but also maybe some other new mystery hardware feature. Concluded the reports at the moment, this device, while unidentified beyond the fact that it is an ‘iPad’, seem likely to be an iPad 3.