The iPhone 6 has apparently shown up in an inventory listing in the U.K. The online publication Stuff received a photo that was purported to be of a till system at a mobile operator in the U.K. One of the items on the product listing was a “4G iPhone 6.”

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The photograph is the first sign that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be skipping over the usual numbering in its pattern, which would be the iPhone 5S, and opting to call the next device the iPhone 6. This would hint that the next iPhone will have major improvements rather than the small ones that are usually expected in a year when we have an S model.

Will We Really See The iPhone 6 This Year?

I would say it’s much more likely that this is simply a mistake in the mobile operator’s system. Perhaps whoever entered the device in the system wasn’t aware of Apple’s numbering pattern and that we’re expecting the iPhone 5S rather than the iPhone 6 this year, but I’ll throw some other possibilities out there.

After all, if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) does have some major changes ready for the iPhone 6 this year, then that would be the catalyst investors have been looking for. Don’t forget the rumors that we’ll see more than one iPhone this year, including perhaps a model with a larger screen and maybe a less expensive one. If this is the case, then maybe Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is giving them different numbers.

Testing On Apple’s iOS 7

We’re also looking forward to some major changes to iOS 7 this year. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) essentially promised some big changes when it announced that we would see iOS 7 at this year’s WWDC, and testing of the new operating system has increased significantly lately. The question would be whether the changes are big enough to warrant an iPhone 6 rather than a 5S along with iOS 7.